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Tacony

For our friends in Tacony:

IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE

16th Annual Tacony History Day Parade and Disston Festival Saturday, September 15th, 2007

The Historical Society of Tacony and MARC (the Major Artery Revitalization Committee) are proud to sponsor the 16th Annual Tacony History Day on Saturday, September 15th, 2007. This celebration of history and community pride includes a Parade marching through the historic Tacony neighborhood, and a Festival at the Disston Recreation Center, both featuring local history and talent.

We are thrilled to announce that Bianca Ryan, winner of the 2006 America’s Got Talent national competition, will be our Parade Grand Marshall.
The Parade begins at 11 am, forming at Magee and Torresdale Avenues, and stepping off North on Torresdale to Princeton Ave where it will turn West to Cottage Street, then South to the Disston Recreation Center for the Disston Festival. Disston Recreation Center is located at the corner of Disston and Glenloch Streets, three (3) blocks west of Torresdale Avenue.

Favorite Parade performers include the Eagles Cheerleaders, Greater Kensington String Band, Woodland String Band, Hegerman String Band, the Golden Crown Fancy Brigade, Philadelphia Police & Fire Pipes and Drums, the Andalusia Jug Band, and the Father Judge High School Band. Ronald McDonald, Drill Teams, Color Guards, Boy Scout Bands, Classic cars and Military vehicles also thrill the crowd. After the Parade, Bianca Ryan will kick off the Disston Festival with a short performance, followed by a “Meet & Greet”. More live music and dancing will be on stage at the Festival, featuring the local talent of the Mary Ford Dancers and students from Anna Marie’s Academy of Dance.

There are also games and rides for children and families, food & refreshments, face painting, and games of chance.The Historical Society of Tacony will exhibit their Historic Display in the Recreation Center, where people can see some of the great photographs and artifacts of Tacony and the greater Northeast Philadelphia from the Society’s collection. Books featuring local history will be available to purchase.
Other local historical groups will be there, including the Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation Philadelphia Chapter and the Historical Society of Frankford. . Thanks also go to the Tacony Civic Association and the Philadelphia Recreation Department for their dedicated and loyal support.

The Rain Date is set for September 29th. If there is a question of rain, people will be able to call the Tacony Day phone line after 7AM on September 16th to find out if any part of the Day will be postponed. If you want to volunteer or participate in the Parade or the Festival, or if you want further information, be sure to call the Tacony Day Phone line at 215-338-8790.

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News Gleaner this week

My gripe with the News Gleaner is that they have a poor online edition. But this week’s print edition features the Great Neighborhoods of Northeast Philadelphia as a separate section. It has short histories of Frankford, Mayfair, Tacony, Holmsburg, Torresdale, Byberry, Bustleton, Oxford Circle and Rhawnhurst. For the price you can’t beat it. The downside is that those of us who are older may actually remember seeing some of the ancient history of the northeast. I guess if you live long enough you become history.

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Demolition

When is demolition of a house a good idea. When the structure is such an eyesore or hazard that we have no choice. The Northeast Times reports http://www.northeasttimes.com/2007/0719/homes.html that 43 properties are slated to be demolished in Frankford. Although we are seeing a fair number of properties being reborn there are also a large number that look beyond hope. Elimination of those dangerous eyesores can’t help but make the neighborhood more attractive to future development. When the dust settles, we will have taken another step on the road to the “Next Great Neighborhood in the Next Great City”.