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Senior Center Doors to Swing Open Again

The long wait is finally over! 

The Peter Bressi Northeast Senior Center is thrilled to announce that it reopened on Monday, June 28, 2021 at 9 a.m.  The Center is located at 4744 Frankford Avenue.

Pursuant to guidelines provided by the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, initially the Center will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (but will be closed on Monday, July 5th).  Current members can attend a morning session or an afternoon session on those days; however, attendance at both sessions on the same day is prohibited.  Bingo will be held during the morning sessions, and an exercise or health and wellness activity will be offered during the afternoon sessions.  Limited table games will also be available at both sessions.  Anyone who uses CCT Services for transportation must attend the morning session.  Please contact the Center directly for information regarding changing current or establishing future transportation services at 215-831-2926.

The morning session will be held from 9 AM-12 noon, and a grab-and-go lunch will be provided to take home.  The afternoon session will be held from 1 PM-3PM.; breakfast should be eaten before coming to the Center.  As in the morning session, a grab-and-go lunch will be provided to take home.  The Center is currently not permitted to operate its dining room and kitchen.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays when the Center is closed for maintenance, grab-and-go lunches will be available for pick up.  As things progress to full-time hours of operations, it is anticipated that daily hot lunch service will also return.

Everyone who enters the building will be screened for symptoms of COVID 19, and anyone exhibiting symptoms will be required to leave.  Members and staff will be required to wear masks at all times, and a daily Health Status Form must be completed.  Social distancing guidelines will be observed.

The Senior Center is grateful for the opportunity to work with its members again and looks forward to welcoming new members throughout the year.  For a minimal annual fee of $10.00 members are offered an array of daily services and activities, including health and wellness activities, bingo, special events, use of computers and exercise equipment, and birthday/holiday celebrations, as well as enjoying social interaction with their peers.  Anyone interested in becoming a member should call the Center at 215-831-2926 to make arrangements.

The Peter Bressi Northeast Senior Center is designed to enhance the quality of life for senior citizens through social, recreational, educational and social service programs.  The Center is funded by the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging and is a community service project operated by the Northeast Community Center for Behavioral Health.

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Flag Day

There were some observances of Flag Day today but they all brought to mind that the Frankford High School Junior ROTC Color Guard honors the flag many times each year by participating in community events.

On Memorial Day Weekend they were at the Puerto Rican Medal of Honor Memorial Day Ceremony held at Freedoms Foundation in Valley Forge.   The normally outdoor ceremony was held indoors due to the inclement weather. Puerto Ricans are one of the very very few states or territories that hold a memorial service every year to honor their Medal of Honor Recipients ( Total of 9: 8 Army & 1 Marine; 5 from Vietnam War and 4 from Korean War).   The ceremony is hosted by American Legion Latin American Post 840 and attended by many dignitaries from American Legion, VFW and other military organizations.  The Frankford HS color guard presented the colors.

A Memorial Day Ceremony was hosted by the Malik Family of Northeast Philadelphia (Jardel Area).  The highlight of the ceremony was the display of the Philadelphia Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall (Plaques) that were on display on the grounds.  Ceremony included the Frankford HS color guard in addition to members of the Philadelphia Fire and Police Departments.

 

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JOHN NICOLAY, LINCOLN’S SECRETARY AND BIOGRAPHER

THE GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC (G.A.R.) CIVIL WAR MUSEUM & LIBRARY
Presents a New Program via ZOOM 
Sunday, June 6, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.
“JOHN NICOLAY, LINCOLN’S SECRETARY AND BIOGRAPHER.”

John Nicolay had an interesting route to end up as friend and confidant to President Lincoln – and to his surprise after the campaign, was asked to work in the Lincoln White House. His devotion to the Union Cause, and his devotion to the dead President becomes an interesting story to hear. On June 6, he comes back to give us some surprising details of his life – before, during and after his work in the Executive Mansion.  Seeing how both Providence and coincidence weave through his life makes him a man much remembered in our time – for his own life story, as well as how he gave us the Lincoln we know today.

By distinguished ‘Living Historian’ John Voris
Please send a request to reserve a virtual seat for this outstanding presentation by replying to this e-mail at
You will be sent a link with a password that will enable you to access the program within 24 hours of the start of the presentation.
As a lover of history, you know how critical it is to keep history alive, especially today!  We very much appreciate your continued support for the GAR Civil War Museum & Library
A FREE virtual program online 
GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC MUSEUM & LIBRARY
Historic Ruan House • 4278 Griscom Street• Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19124 •
(215) 289-6484 • www.garmuslib.org
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United Against Gun Violence

United Against Gun Violence June 5th at Harding Middle School

I am reaching out to provide you with a flyer promoting an event organized by the Frankford Schools Coalition.

The coalition is a vision brought to life by the principal at Warren G Harding Middle School, Mary Sanchez.  In the light of several deaths of young people that she had a close association with, Mary felt it her purpose and duty to do more to uplift the citizens of Frankford and in turn create an environment where families and youth have productive outlets, support, tools to improve their lifestyles and a sense of connectedness to their fellow citizens.

Her first step was to reach out to other schools in our section of the city as well as some community organizations that had a common vision and invite them to join in on the initiative.  Through the passion and outreach of those core members, the Coalition has taken on a life of its own and is growing beyond what anyone had originally imagined.  This is only one event that we will be hosting and there will be many more in the future which we hope to share with you.

 

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Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum Reopens to the Public

The Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum and Library,
4278 Griscom Street, www.garmuslib.org,
will reopen to the public every Tuesday from 12 to 4 beginning June 1, 2021.

Please call the Museum at 215-289-6484 before planning your visit,
to confirm that our volunteer staff will be in attendance.

Our “Open House Programs” will continue on Zoom.
The Museum will follow the current CDC guidelines.