Miscellaneous

Children Play in Craters at Gambrel Recreation Center

Posted on 31 March 2015

By Kat Hardy, Democratic Committeewoman

Summer is on it’s was and the kids do use this playground.  It needs a lot of repairs.  All paperwork has been put in to the Department of Recreation.  HELP!  Before our children gets hurt.

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Meetings and Events

Nature’s Hidden Surprises

Posted on 31 March 2015

From the TTF.  FREE monthly morning nature walk series in Tacony Creek Park

 

natures surprises

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Education

Frankford Library to Close Till June 19th

Posted on 31 March 2015

The Frankford library has had to close 50 days over the last 2 years due to problems with the heating or cooling systems and that is a big problem.  The solution is to replace the equipment and its going to happen starting on Monday April 6th.  The quarter of a million dollar HVAC replacement project is scheduled to be completed on June 19th, if everything goes as planned.

In addition, since the library will be closed there is an opportunity to make some other upgrades as yet to be planned.  Also on the horizon for the library this summer is the possibility of funding to upgrade the WiFi.  At present it would be generous to call it slow.  That would be a major improvement since many users bring their own equipment to access the internet.

Library users are being notified this week about their options for service.  While the library is closed, signage on the front windows will refer customers to the proper location to return books, find computers to use, etc.

Yet to be decided is the issue of using the library as a polling place.  The facility may not be acceptable for that use while under renovation.  An announcement will be made when the decision is reached on that issue.

We’ll post updates as they become available.

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Education, history, Meetings and Events

Philadelphia Civic Flag Day Celebration

Posted on 31 March 2015

By 1SG Joe Fraioli

Frankford High School Army Junior ROTC participated in this year’s Philadelphia Civic Flag Day Celebration on Friday, March 27th at City Hall. Over 1000 people were in attendance as everyone celebrated the Philadelphia City Flag birthday and the presentation of the Maneto Awards.

Frankford High School JROTC color guard members Christopher Gallicchio, Windmond Tan and Marshall Hogue present the national colors.

Frankford High School JROTC color guard members Christopher Gallicchio, Windmond Tan and Marshall Hogue present the national colors.

Student/cadet Jeremyah Durand speaks with Mayor Nutter.

Student/cadet Jeremyah Durand speaks with Mayor Nutter.

 

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Frankford Civic Association April Meeting Cancelled

Posted on 30 March 2015

The Frankford Civic Association April meeting has been cancelled due to the Easter Holiday.  The next meeting will be held on Thursday, May 7th at 7PM  at St. Mark’s Church at 4442 Frankford Avenue.

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Business, Education, Meetings and Events, Miscellaneous

PSA1 March Meeting

Posted on 30 March 2015

The PSA meeting on March 26th was well attended with people from all areas of Frankford.  Representing the police was Captain McCloskey, Lt. Gordon and Officer Lewis.

Officer Lewis noted that the discovery of the woman buried in the alley off the 4700 block of Frankford Avenue was the result of a tip by the other residents.  The beat officer was notified and that set of the chain of events that resulted in the arrest of the suspect.  The victim was identified as Kelly Hepfl who has had addresses in West Chester, Downingtown and other locations in Philadelphia.  The suspect has not been identified so far and no charges have been filed as of today.

Other news from the meeting:

  • Robberies around the Frankford Transportation Terminal are still going on but have slowed down.  SEPTA polie and the PPD are working together to put an end to the problem.
  • The Narcotics Strike force has been active in the Bridge Street area and arrests have been made.
  • Enforcement of the 2AM closing time for businesses in the commercial areas is being enforced.  “Nothing good in Frankford happens after 2AM”.
  • The police have been proactive in being present at school dismissal time on the Avenue and where crowds of teens had after dismissal.
  • There was a discussion about a recent video posted of a car stop by 15th.  The driver was stopped for heavily tinted windows which are illegal.  The driver presented evidence from PennDot that he was allowed the tinting due to a medical condition.  Some viewers have labeled the stop as police over reach.  Others have called it an attempt by the driver to provoke the police into using excess force.  The discussion about the incident was productive.
  • Residents from Castor Avenue say that the traffic between Foulkrod and Pratt Streets has become a real problem with noise and speeding.  In additions there are ATVs running up and down the streets.  Excess noise from a vehicle is an offense punishable with a $300 fine.  Although the police are prohibited from chasing the ATVs for safety reasons, when they are stopped, they can be confiscated and will not be returned.  It is illegal to drive them on city Streets.
  • Kim Washington, Managing Director of the Frankford CDC,  asked about coordination between SEPTA and the PPD regarding the loitering around Margaret-Orthodox.  Lt. Gordon noted that this has been a subject at past meetings and SEPTA police have committed to attending the PSA meetings.  The schedule confusion this month was the cause of no SEPTA representation at this months meeting.  Gordon and Lewis went on to discuss their view of what is going on at Margaret-Orthodox and Captain McCloskey talked about future actions that will be taken to control the activity their.
  • Residents of the 5000 and 4700 block of Griscom both took the opportunity to thank the police for their work during the last year.  They say it is much better now than it was last year at this time.  It takes constant attention but the improvement is clear.

Kim Washington also introduced two new members of the CDC staff to the group.  Illeana Garcia and Ellie Devyatkin are the new Commercial Corridor managers.  You can hear more about their work at the annual public meeting of the Frankford Community Development Corporation which will be held in conjunction with the EPIC Stakeholders on April 30 at 5:30 PM at Second Baptist Church at 1801 Meadow Street.

The next PSA1 meeting will be held on April 23rd at 7PM at Aria Hospital.

 

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Education, Meetings and Events

Frankford Library Temporary Closure

Posted on 30 March 2015

The Frankford library will close on April 6th for emergency HVAC work. An informational meeting for the community will take place in the library meeting room Monday March 30, 6:30pm – 7:30pm.   Attendees will have a chance to borrow materials with an extended due date, and choose a brand new book to keep (while they last).

 

Betsy Baxter
Branch Manager and Adult/Teen Librarian
The Free Library of Philadelphia
FRANKFORD BRANCH
4634 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA  19124
Phone 215-685-1473
Fax 215-289-6914
baxterb@freelibrary.org

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Meetings and Events

Peter Bressi Northeast Senior Center April Events

Posted on 30 March 2015

Peter Bressi Northeast Senior Center 4744 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19124  215-831-2926)    The center is open Monday thru Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  We have free parking!  The center offers a variety of programs and activities, some include: Bingo, trips, speakers, Wii bowling, Jewelry Making Class, Sing-alongs, computers, parties, and many more.  The center also offers a daily lunch program & information and assistance.  We have volunteer opportunities available.  Best of all, we offer transportation to members 65 or older.  For more information, or to schedule a tour call 215-831-2926.

  • Cookology class on Friday, April 17th from 10:00am – 11:00 am. A certified Dietitian will be whipping up some delicious, nutritious treats for all to sample! A very popular, free of charge event.
  • IPAD lessons on Wednesday. April 1st, 8th, 15gth, 22nd, and 29th from 10:00am – 11:00am. Comer experience the power of technology taught simply! A very informative, free of charge event.
  • Volunteer Banquet/Celebration on Friday, April 10th from 11:30am – 1:30pm. Festive meal and Live entertainment included. Free of charge
  • Celebrate your birthday!  We have a monthly birthday party. Join us for cake, ice cream, lunch, and live entertainment! The party will be held on April 28th from 11:45am – 12:45pm. Free of charge.

Come visit us any time to work out in our new exercise room. We have 3 new elliptical bikes, 2 new treadmills, an exercise bike, and a slew of work out resistance bands. Free of charge. Must bring Doctor’s stating you are able to exercise and use the equipment.

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Meetings and Events

Coming Up in Frankford 3/28 to 4/24/2015

Posted on 27 March 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.
  • Keep the Faith in Frankford – Every Wednesday 6:30pm – 8:00pmSt Mark’s Church Frankford, 4442 Frankford Avenue
  • Senior Breakfast – Tue, March 31, 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, March 31, 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!
  • iPAD Lessons – Wed, April 1, 10am – 11am, Peter Bressi Northeast Senior Center 4744 Frankford Avenue – Come experience the power of technology taught simply! A very informative, free of charge event, also 4/8, 15, 22, 29
  • Frankford Civic Association Meeting – Thu, April 2, 7pm – 8pm, St Mark’s Church Frankford, 4442 Frankford Avenue
  • 8th Annual Lewis Family Egghunt -Sat, April 4, 2pm – 6pm, Simpson Recreation Center, 1010 Arrott Street – FREE for all kids. Games, food, egghunt, gifts and prizes – To RSVP for your child or to volunteer/donate go to www.lewisfamilyegghunt.com or call Sonya at 267-902-2258
  • Egg’citing Easter Day Event -Sun, April 5, 12pm – 3pm, Glading Memorial Presbyterian, 1267 East Cheltenham Avenue – Egg hunt, refreshments. See flier on gazette: http://frankfordgazette.com/2015/03/26/eggciting-easter-day-event
  • Easter Egg Hunt – Sun, April 5, 1pm – 2pm, Ditman and Wakeling – Committeewoman KAT Hardy, Is having an Easter egg hunt for the kids on Easter Sunday, In the park where we have the OLDHEAD game. Looking for help with eggs, And adults to hide them, lol. Awards for the most eggs found and a surprise stop by from the Easter Bunny. Come on out bring the kids take photos with the Easter Bunny and just have a great time bringing back some oldschool Easter Sunday Fun. ALL KIDS ARE. WELCOME TO HUNT, just bring something to put your eggs in. SEE YOU THERE. PETER COTTONTAIL
  • Grand Army of the Republic Museum Open House – Sun, April 5, 12pm – 5pm, 4278 Griscom Street – Presentation at 1:30 PM
  • Frankford NAC Election – Tue, April 7, 9am – 3pm, Northeast Treatment Center, 4625 Frankford Avenue
  • Frankford NAC Election – Tue, April 7, 1pm – 6pm, Turning Points for Children’s FAWN Food Pantry, 4346 Frankford Avenue
  • Frankford NAC Election – Tue, April 7, 3pm – 6pm, McIlvain Recreation Center, 5200 Penn Street
  • Frankford NAC Election – Tue, April 7, 5pm – 7pm, Frankford Community Development Corporation, 4900 Griscom Street
  • Neighborhood Advisory Committee Meeting – Thu, April 9, 7pm – 8pm, 2nd Baptist Church, 1801 Meadow St.
  • Volunteer Banquet/Celebration – Fri, April 10, 11:30am – 1:30pm, Peter Bressi Northeast Senior Center, 4744 Frankford Avenue – Festive meal and Live entertainment included. Free of charge
  • Historical Society of Frankford Program – Tue, April 14, 7:30pm – 9:00pm, 1507 Orthodox St, Philadelphia – 18th CENTURY DOMESTIC MEDICINE Nicole Salomone, Medical Historian/Lecturer /Author. Late 18th Century domestic medicines could include folk remedies, family tales, Indian lore, homegrown herbs, patent medicines and local concoctions of inconsistent efficacy. Until the founding of Frankford Hospital in 1903, area residents resorted to some creative cures. Join Medical Historian Nicole Salomone for this lecture/display.
  • Cookology Class – Fri, April 17, 10am – 11am, Peter Bressi Northeast Senior Center 4744 Frankford Ave. – Please join us for our cookology class on Friday, A certified Dietitian will be whipping up some delicious, nutritious treats for all to sample! A very popular, free of charge event.
  • 3rd Annual Healthy Trails 5k run/walk – Sun, April 19, 8am – 10am, Friends Hospital, 4641 Roosevelt Boulevard – The third annual Healthy Trails 5k run/walk in Tacony Creek Park will start and finish on the Friends Hospital campus. This event is on a fully paved, stroller and pet friendly trail. Bring the whole family! CONTACT: Robin Irizarry robin@ttfwatershed.org/215.744.1853 Registration opens: Friday, March 6 at 12 p.m.
  • 5th Annual Spring Tea – Sun, April 19, 11:30am – 2:30pm, St Joachim’s Church, 1527 Church Street
  • Friends of Overington Park -Tue,  April 21, 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, April 21, 7pm – 8pm, St. James Lutheran Church, at Castor Avenue and Pratt Street
  • PSA1 meeting – Thurs April 23, 7PM – Aria Hospital, 4900 Frankford Avenue
  • Frankford Chargers 47th Annual Awards Banquet – Sun, April 26, 3pm – 6pm, Romano’s Catering, 1523 East Wingohocking Street – Tickets only in advance at Gambrel Recreation Center on Monday, Wednesday or Friday 6 to 730PM. $25. Ticket sales end April 6th.
  • Senior Breakfast – Tue, April 28, 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, April 28, 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!
  • Northeast Philadelphia EPIC Stakeholders Group, Thu, April 30, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, 2nd Baptist Church, 1801 Meadow Street

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Egg,citing Easter Day Event

Posted on 26 March 2015

At Glading Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1267 East Cheltenham Ave., from Noon to 3PM

Easter

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