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The Heroes of Frankford High School

Introducing “The Heroes of Frankford High School,” a poignant and powerful new book that pays tribute to the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Authored by Bob and Pat Smiley, “The Heroes of Frankford High School” is the third installment in the Frankford series, and it shines a light on the former students of Frankford High School who lost their lives while serving in military since the school’s founding in 1910. With 204 fallen heroes in total, the book offers a comprehensive and heartfelt look at their lives, their service, and their legacies.

Through carefully researched stories and compelling anecdotes, “The Heroes of Frankford High School” offers readers a unique and deeply personal insight into the lives of these brave soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines. From World War I to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the book honors their service and sacrifice, and celebrates the enduring spirit of the Frankford community.

“The Heroes of Frankford High School” is available in both paperback and eBook format on Amazon, making it easy to add this powerful and inspiring book to your collection. Whether you’re a proud Frankford alum, a history buff, or simply looking for a moving and thought-provoking read, this book is not to be missed.

Order your copy of “The Heroes of Frankford High School” today and discover the inspiring stories of the brave men and women who gave everything for their country. Follow the link to Amazon to purchase your copy today!

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Forever Dreams


If you’re looking for a beautiful sunset – Take a walk down the Forever Canyon, crossover the Forever Stream – and stand looking over the ocean.
There you’ll find a sailboat floating on a ocean of dreams – heading out to sea.
The name of that sailboat – THE FOREVER DREAMS.
The only thing you can see is that sailboat, as it disappears into that early evening sunset, and you can still feel the early evening breeze.
Oh, what a beautiful sunset – oh, what a beautiful day.


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Hold On


Sometimes we wake up with the right intentions, and here comes the wind blowing us in all directions.
You may feel like you’re losing control – all I can say is hold on.
Because the wind can only blow but so long.
So, all I can say is hold on. Change is coming, and it won’t be long.
So, just continue to hold on.
Because you’re caught in the wind and it’s leading you in the wrong direction – just remember to hold on.
Because your faith will spin you around and take you in the right direction.
After everything has been said and done, just remember, change is coming – so just hold on.

Lenny Jaynes

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Frankford CDC is Hiring

Would you or someone you know be interested in joining our  team? We’re currently looking to hire a new Commercial Corridor Manager and Corridor Cleaners! See descriptions below. To apply, email your resume and cover letter (Word document or PDF) to with the applicable job title in the subject heading.  Please see job descriptions below.

Neighborhood Advisory / Energy Center Coordinator –

The Frankford CDC’s NAC/NECCoordinator will be responsible for providing comprehensive energy services and affordable housing resources services to low-income households.

Services to be provided include:

  • Intake for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Intake or referral to Crisis;
  • Utility bill payment assistance programs including: the Philadelphia Gas Works Workshop Program, energy counseling Weatherization Assistance Program, energy education; and other energy related service
  • Assist with facilitating community service briefings around homeownership and utility assistance programs
  • Help facilitate community zoning meetings and other community initiatives as necessary.

Starting Salary
$40,000 Annually + Benefits

Corridor Cleaning Assistant –

The Frankford CDC’s Corridor Cleaning Assistance program assist in the cleaning of sidewalks on the Frankford Avenue commercial corridor. Under this program, FCDC
also undertakes public space maintenance activities, litter reduction campaigns and community engagement.

Duties of Corridor Cleaning Assistants:

  • Clean the sidewalks and out to eighteen (18) inches in the streets; this area shall cover the curb and storm inlets.
  • Clean all four (4) corners of any intersection found at the end of cleaning routes;
  • Clean a minimum of twenty (20) feet along any secondary side streets that intersect with the primary commercial streets to be cleaned;
  • Ensure that weeds or grass are no higher than eight (8) inches on all sidewalks along each route;
  • Remove posters, stickers and other debris off street furniture including parking, telephone poles and traffic signs; and
  • Assist with cleaning and maintenance of other public spaces and vacant lots on Frankford Avenue
  • Assist with promotion of litter reduction campaigns and community engagement
  • Assist with promotion and distribution of COVID-19 related resources for small business along Frankford Avenue
  • Track number of blocks cleaned and number of bags used during cleaning.
  • Make 311 reports for all city related issues (i.e. graffiti, potholes, illegal dumping, etc.)

The above activities shall be performed in the commercial area from the 4200 block to the 5200 block of Frankford Avenue.

Starting Salary 
$15/ hr

Frankford Pause Park – Soak It Up Adoption Ambassador
Through the Philadelphia Water Department’s Soak It Up Adoption Program, Frankford CDC is hiring two part-time site ambassadors for the GSI (green stormwater infrastructure) rain garden at Frankford Pause Park, located at 4671 Paul Street.

Soak It Up Adoption Ambassador Responsibilities:

  • Clean the park, sidewalk, and rain garden of trash/litter, including the curb line and storm inlets
  • Assist with promotion of litter reduction campaigns and community engagement
  • Engage with the public about the rain garden, and how GSI works
  • Track number of bags of trash collected, report on the condition of the rain garden, and track engagement around the park and the rain garden
  • Make 311 reports for city related issues in and around the park/rain garden (graffiti, illegal dumping, etc.)

Starting Salary

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Let Them Go


If you don’t need me let me know, if you don’t want me, let me go.
I don’t want to hear about the next time, I just want to know.
Where I can find peace of mind, so I can continue to grow.
In this world of uncertainties, and slow economic flow, because everyone needs direction, so they will know.
If they’re not needed or wanted, then just let them go.
Because everyone needs time to think, and ponder where they fit in, so, they can grow.
By letting them know this is not the end of their journey and entering a world unknown. And trying to figure out all the pieces, and where they should go!
It’s at this time when you turn, and tell them. It’s not that I don’t want you or need you, but it’s time that you should grow.
To become a better person. So, when you have children, you’ll know – when it’s time, to let them go. So, they too… can – continue to grow.

Lenny Jaynes