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Congratulations to Jasmine and Eugene

Maineva and Quinten White are happy to announce the marriage of their daughter Jasmine to Eugene Byrd.

Jasmine and Eugene have dated since they were 16 years old. They both actively participated with the Frankford Chargers Football organization, she as a cheerleader and him a football player affectionately nickname “U-Turn”.

Jasmine and Eugene Byrd

Jasmine and Eugene married on April 5, 2019 in Ocho Rios, Jamaica and were joined by over 100 guest to witness them exchange vows. The love that is shared between these two is present in the hearts of everyone dear to them. We are so proud and so very happy for them!

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School District of Philadelphia Superintendent Dr. William Hite, and PECO Vice President and General Counsel Tony Gay joined the Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA) to announce the selection of Frankford High School as the site for the nation’s first Solar Energy Program of Study.

“The Philadelphia Energy Campaign is on track to create 10,000 jobs by 2026 and the graduates from the new Solar Program will be poised to step into those new positions,” Council President Darrell L. Clarke (5th District) said.

Dr. Calderone

“I am thrilled that Frankford High School is on track to be the first high school in the nation to offer a Solar Energy program of study,” added Dr. Michael Calderone, principal of Frankford High School. This will give my students the option to continue their studies in solar and other renewable energies at the college level or jump right into a career with continued opportunities for advancement.”

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Frankford Farmers Market

by Terry Heiser
Chair, Administrative Council
Frankford Memorial United Methodist Church

In it’s 3rd season, how did it happen?

In 2017, By Grace Alone Christian Reformed Church of Frankford arranged for America’s Grow A Row of Pittstown, NJ (AGAR) to supply farm fresh fruit and vegetables for distribution at Frankford Memorial United Methodist Church  to qualified recipients on Saturday mornings during the harvest season (late July to early November).

As you see, neighbors come prepared for shopping.

In 2018, an average of 16 volunteers and 2 drivers served produce to an average of 49 clients representing an average of 312 people, including themselves.  This year, the program resumed on Saturday, July 27, at Frankford Memorial.

Kelly and Sheldon Crosbie, (R) Frankford Farmers’ Market Coordinator on a recent Saturday.

Volunteers plant and harvest the produce at AGAR.  Volunteers transport the produce from AGAR to Frankford Memorial (4-hour round trip).  Volunteers from By Grace Alone and Frankford Memorial give the produce to the clients.  In addition, donated clothing and household items are available.

Kelly and Maryanne are ready with the tomatoes and peaches

The Frankford Farmers Market is a great example of people coming together to help others in need – all without any government involvement.  If you would like to volunteer to help out with the program, call Pat at 215-288-9800.
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Meet Grayson Shyeem Gayle

Sophia Lewis is proud to announce the birth of her grandson.

The new first time parents (Kyra & Shyeem Gayle) both former residents of Frankford, now stationed in Havelock, NC, received this precious bundle of love on Saturday, July 20th.

Kyra & Shyeem Gayle with their new son Grayson Shyeem Gayle

Nana (Sophia Lewis) resides in the Frankford Community and is head over heels in love with her precious grandson. She says, “there’s no-limits to her spoiling him”. He’s her perfect miracle and blessing sent by God.
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Marge Tartaglione

State Senator, Tina Tartaglione, released the following press release today:

“It is with immeasurable sadness and despair that I announce the passing of my beloved mother, Margaret Tartaglione. Throughout her recent illness, she was surrounded by family and friends, and was provided with the very best medical care. Thank you all for bringing her joy and comfort. My mother was a very strong yet compassionate woman. She cared deeply about her family, her community, and her city. She was a pioneer in the political realm – the first women elected to a citywide office in Philadelphia’s history. At a time when women were rarely afforded a seat at the table, she not only earned a seat, she became an enduring leader and icon who will always be revered and remembered fondly.”

Marge Tartaglione became Chairwoman of the Philadelphia City Commissioners  during the Rizzo era and served nine, four year terms. I remember her a tough cookie but she had to be.  She was a woman who broke the glass ceiling before anybody knew it could be broken.  She was a true trail blazer and will be more than a footnote in Philadelphia history.

Marge Tartaglione meeting Pope John Paul II

The Gazette sends our sincere condolences to Senator Tartaglione and her family.