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Thank You For Your Support!

Pat Smiley and I thank you for your support of our Memorial Day fundraiser and efforts to promote his and Richard Johnson’s book, “Frankford Heroes, 2nd Edition”! If you’ve been busy or just didn’t quite get to ordering their book, you can still do so and we will still honor our pledge of 20% of book sales to be split between St. Mark’s Church and the Catholic Daughters’ Matthew 25 Food Cupboard. You will still get the ebook edition, too, for free. This effort will officially end on Friday, June 5. Here’s the link for you to use – https://frankfordgazette.com/books-for-sale/

We have mailed the books to those who ordered and have mailed the donations to St. Mark’s Church and Court St. Francis de Sales #2617 CDA. Every little bit helps!!!

For all of you who have purchased the book since it was available last fall, please check your email as Bob Smiley has emailed you a link to the ebook. Please check your email and let us know if you did not receive one and had purchased a book. We do our utmost to insure our records are accurate but… We hope you enjoy this ebook version, too. If you would like to share your comments about the book and allow us to use them as testimonials, please email gil@frankfordgazette.com

We would appreciate hearing what you think of the book!! Thank you again for your purchase and we look forward to sharing more publications with you that pique your interest. Stay well!

 

 

 

 

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Our “Frankford Heroes, 2nd Edition” Honor Roll!

This Memorial Day, May 25, 2020, we wanted to let the “Frankford Heroes” tell you their stories themselves. It’s true that Bob put their stories into the 2nd Edition of his and Richard Johnson’s book, but he is simply retelling the stories of the lives they lived and the sacrifices they have made so that they are always remembered!

At the end of this post, there is a a list of all those who are featured in this latest edition of “Frankford Heroes, 2nd Edition”. And here are some of their stories. Remember, through Tuesday evening, May 26, if you purchase a copy of Bob and Richard’s book ($14.95) through our website, we will donate 20% of the list price to be shared between St. Mark’s Church in Frankford and the CDA Court St. Francis De Sales #2617 Matthew 25 Food Cupboard at St. Mark’s. Also, by buying this print edition, we will give you the ebook free. The ebook has additional information and links and has just been finished. Nothing is ever as easy as it may seem. (So, if you bought the book previously, we will be emailing you the pdf asap. Thank you for your patience.) We accept PayPal, Credit or Debit Cards or you can mail us a check. You’ll find all the details at this link:    https://frankfordgazette.com/books-for-sale/

“Frankford Heroes, 2nd Edition” contains the stories of almost 190 Veterans from Frankford. Frankford was a small town before it incorporated with Philadelphia and patriotism and a sense of history continue to be a large part of our traditions. 147 of these stories are those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country and for our freedom. The rest of the stories are those who served proudly and most, if not all, still call Frankford their home. To all our Veterans, past and present, thank you! We thank also, all the men and women of our Armed Forces currently serving so proudly and in unexpected ways. Many have been a real support to areas of the country struggling with coronavirus. We salute you and ask God to bless you abundantly!!

I chose a story from Bob’s book that I wanted to share with you. The first is about a young man named Stephen Blanchett. “Stephen Paul Blanchett was born on October 20, 1947 and lived on Foulkrod Street in Frankford.  He enlisted in the Army early in 1965 and served as a corpsman. He was awarded the Silver Star posthumously: ‘He distinguished himself by exceptional valor while serving as Medical Specialist for his unit when it came under heavy small arms fire in rice paddies northwest of Dong Tam, Vietnam, on March 7, 1967. As the unit was maneuvering slowly through several rice paddies, they came under enemy sniper fire. Immediately, one of the unit’s leaders was hit and severely wounded. Private Blanchett, 350 meters to the rear, was notified, and began racing through the paddies in order to reach the wounded man. When he had come to within 50 meters of the casualty, he was urged by fellow comrades to go no further, due to the increasing amount of hostile fire. He courageously disregarded the warning and with fire all about him, ran to the side of the wounded man. He then pulled the wounded man behind the safety of a dike separating two paddies and administered vitally needed first aid. This courageous act was one of many times he unhesitatingly risked his life in behalf of his fellow soldiers.’” Paul was 19 years old – 19!!! There have been so many just like him – good men of valor, courage and a strong sense of duty and caring for their fellow man!

“Frankford Heroes, 2nd Edition” – Let’s take a look and see if you are familiar with any of the names! These are our honored Veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives for our freedoms during the following wars! There are two pages of names and there are two arrows at the bottom of the document to let you move between the pages. Remember our special offer ends Tuesday evening, May 26 at 11:59 PM!

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Honoring the Original Front Line Helpers – Members of Our Armed Forces!

This Memorial Day Weekend, we want to remember those who have served our country as well as all of us! We are proud of our “Frankford Heroes” who demonstrated time and again their dedication through the years.
 
Bob Smiley, the Editor of The Frankford Gazette, has continued to compile their stories and update their stories. Bob’s book, along with co-author, Richard W. Johnson, tells the story of 190 brave souls willing to risk all for their country and 147 of them did give their lives.
 

Through Tuesday evening, May 26, if you purchase a copy of Bob and Richard’s book ($14.95) through our website, we will donate 20% of the list price to be shared between St. Mark’s Church in Frankford and the CDA Court St. Francis De Sales #2617 Matthew 25 Food Cupboard at St. Mark’s. Here’s the link – we accept PayPal, Credit or Debit Cards or you can mail us a check. Also, Bob has just finished the ebook version of “Frankford Heroes, 2nd Edition” which contains even more information and links. https://frankfordgazette.com/books-for-sale/

Here is an interview done with Bob today where he explains how his passion to tell our local Veterans’ stories continues to motivate his efforts. For more information, please contact gil@frankfordgazette.com
 
Thank you! Have a safe holiday! Let’s Remember and Honor Our Vets – past and present!
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Church Street Closing from Tacony to Aramingo Avenue

PennDOT to Resume Construction  on Aramingo Avenue at I-95 Interchange
in Philadelphia

Church Street to close Wednesday for two weeks for intersection work

April 11, 2020 – Construction operations will resume on Monday, April 13, on Aramingo Avenue at the Interstate 95 Betsy Ross Bridge Interchange in Philadelphia, including work to complete the northbound side of the new bridge over Frankford Creek and implementation of a short-term detour of Church Street for improvements at intersection with Aramingo Avenue, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.

Normal highway and bridge construction projects in Pennsylvania remain paused as part of the commonwealth’s efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This project is part of critical work that continues statewide addressing safety needs and work needed to eliminate roadway restrictions that could impede the ability for the movement of life sustaining goods and services.

With the resumption of work, crews will complete construction of the pier and abutments for the northbound side of the Frankford Creek bridge in preparation for setting deck beams and beginning deck construction on the northbound side later this spring. Construction is also underway on sections of several Aramingo Avenue ramps to and from the bridge and I-95 and the reconstruction of the northbound side of Aramingo Avenue between Wheatsheaf Lane and the ramps to I-95 and the bridge.

Beginning Wednesday, April 15, Church Street will be closed to through traffic for approximately two weeks between Tacony Street and Aramingo Avenue for reconstruction of the Church Street/Aramingo Avenue intersection.

During the closure, eastbound Church Street traffic will be detoured north on Tacony Street to Aramingo Avenue. Aramingo Avenue traffic headed for Church Street will be detoured north on Aramingo Avenue and a left on Torresdale Avenue.

Aramingo Avenue work-area traffic is limited to two lanes southbound and one lane northbound at the Frankford Creek bridge. No additional travel restrictions are planned at this time.

The work is part of PennDOT’s $81 million project to reconstruct and extend Adams Avenue from Torresdale Avenue to Aramingo Avenue and widen Aramingo Avenue in the vicinity of the Interstate 95/Betsy Ross Bridge Interchange to improve access to I-95 and the bridge.

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Philadelphia COVID -19 Small Business Relief Fund

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The Philadelphia COVID-19 Small Business Fund is designed to provide immediate relief – in the form of grants and zero-interest loans – to Philadelphia businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19.

The goals of the fund  include:

  • Helping small businesses survive the COVID-19 crisis
  • Retaining employment and helping small businesses continue to pay employees
  • Helping businesses avoid predatory lenders
  • Maintaining the provision of goods and services for Philadelphia’s residents

The Philadelphia COVID-19 Small Business Fund includes the following three programs:

Microenterprise Grant
  • Annual revenue under $500,000
  • $5,000 Grant
  • Signed Tax Return to confirm annual revenue.
  • A description of the impact of COVID-19 on your business, and your recovery plan.
Small Biz Grant
  • Annual revenue between $500k & $3Million
  • Up to $25,000 Grant
  • Signed Tax Return.
  • 2019 Financial Statements.
  • Verification of cash flow needs.
  • Proof of insurance.
  • A description of the impact of COVID-19 on your business, and your recovery plan.
Small Biz Zero-Interest Loan
  • Annual revenue between $3Million & $5Million
  • $25,000 – $100,000 Loan
  • Signed Tax Return.
  • 2019 Financial Statements.
  • Verification of cash flow needs.
  • Proof of insurance.
  • A description of the impact of COVID-19 on your business, and your recovery plan.
  • No collateral requirements.
To apply for assistance please complete the application below. There is one application for all three programs. Your request will be directed to the appropriate program based on your annual revenue. Please refer to the chart above for the program details and the information you will need to complete your application.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  Please be patient as we expect a high volume of requests.

The Review Committee will consider the following priorities when awarding grants and loans:

  • The number of jobs that the business sustains during a normal business cycle (pre-COVID-19 levels).
  • The business demonstrates that it has lost a significant share (50% or more) of revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The business demonstrates a strong chance of remaining open post COVID-19.
  • The business has experienced loss of revenue from other situations in addition to COVID-19, such as recent public works projects (i.e. water main breaks, utility repairs, street closures).
  • The business provides jobs to low-income individuals and/or is located in a zip code with high poverty.
  • The business has operated consistently for two years or more.
  • For sole proprietors/independent contractors, priority will be given to those who are located in zip codes with high poverty and/or those that sustain multiple sub-contractors during normal business (pre-COVID-19 levels).

Based on the applicant pool, the Review Committee may choose to add further priorities or change eligibility criteria in the subsequent weeks.

If you need assistance completing the application or any other questions about doing business in Philadelphia, contact the Office of Business Services at 215-683-2100 or Business@Phila.gov.

Si necesita ayuda para completar la solicitud o cualquier otra pregunta sobre hacer negocios en Filadelfia, comuníquese con la Oficina de Servicios de Negocios al (215) 683-2100 o Business@Phila.gov.

如果您需要协助以完成申请或其他任何有关在费城经商的问题,请致电215-683-2100或 发邮件Business@Phila.gov与商业服务办公室联系。

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Contact Ellie Vamos, Commercial Corridor Manager, if you have any questions.
(215)743-6580×105 or evamos.fcdc@gmail.com.