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A Spirited Day

On July 4th, while celebrating the day of our nation’s independence, residents came together for the now annual, Frankford Community Spirit Day Honoring Al Stark, Jr. The event was organized by local non-profit Keep the Faith in Frankford and entertained the masses with fun, games, and remembrance.

Spearheading Keep the Faith in Frankford, organizer Pat Smiley expressed her wish to have a day for families who were not on vacation during the holiday to have fun in their own community. Many families attended including the Hohensteins who have members of the Frankford community for years. Jack Hohenstein, also a member of Keep the Faith in Frankford says the organization’s goals are not limited to the dealings with the church but they also aim to bring the community together. The charity also participates in the NECH Dining with Dignity Program that operates out of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church where Al Stark’s event was held.

20140705_154452Mr. Stark, a father, husband, and devout member of St. Joachim Church  and the Frankford community, passed away recently. During the event, named in honor of him and his family’s contributions, everyone gathered to remember his life and legacy. Pat Smiley spoke heartfelt words and recounted fond memories of Stark as she presented his family with a certificate of appreciation. Though tears were shed, there was clearly a silent consensus amongst the attendees that this was a celebration of his life, more than a mourning of his death.20140705_152025

Along with celebration of the holiday and life of Al Stark, came games and fun. A water balloon tossing tournament was moderated by Joe Hohenstein and brought smiles to everyone’s face. Carnival inspired fun took place in the parking lot and children did not go home empty handed. Gift bags were also given out to all. The event, which proved successful, shall continue with this new tradition for many years to come.

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Coming Up in Frankford 3/29 to 4/25/2014

  • Services at St. James – Sat, March 29, 6pm – 7pm, St. James Lutheran Church, Castor Ave. and Pratt St. – Saturdays Prayer Service at 6:00 pm, Sundays Traditional Service at 9:00 am, Sundays Contemporary Service at 10:30 am
  • Friends of Overington Park -Wed, April 2, 7pm – 8pm
  • Frankford Civic Association Meeting -Thu, April 3, 7pm – 8pm, Aria Hospital, 2nd floor
  • Mayor’s Spring Cleanup –  Saturday, Apr 5, 2014, At our local parks and the neighborhood
  • Historical Society of Frankford program – Tue, April 8, 7:30pm – 9:00pm, 1507 Orthodox St – FIGHTING FIRES IN FRANKFORD (FROM HORSES TO HORSEPOWER: PHILADELPHIA BUREAU OF FIRE 1871–1923) Presentation by Jack Wright, Historian, Philadelphia Fire Department View some of the Society’s collections of fire fighting artifacts from this area’s long-gone volunteer fire companies (first in 1793). Fire historian Jack Wright will describe the early years (1871–1923) of the “Philadelphia Bureau of Fire” and share information on the Fireman’s Hall Museum, situated in a historic 1902 firehouse at 2nd & Arch Street.
  • Everybody Ready 2.0 – Wed, April 9, 5:30pm – 7:00pm,  Frankford Library, 4634 Frankford Ave – Personal emergency preparedness training. Do you have a plan for a public health emergency? Come learn what you can do before, during and after an emergency to protect yourself and your family.
  • Neighborhood Advisory Committee Meeting – Thu, April 10, 7pm – 8pm, 2nd Baptist Church, 1801 Meadow St.
  • Senior Spring Fling – Fri, April 11, 10am – 3pm, Peter Bressi Northeast Senior Center 4744 Frankford Ave. – Sponsored by State Rep James Clay
  • Grand Army of the Republic Museum Open House – Sun, April 13, 12pm – 5pm, 4278 Griscom Street – Presentation at 1:30 PM: *Ken Milano – Kensington Know-Nothing Riots – 1844
  • Frankford PhillyRising Community Meeting – Mon, April 14, 5:30pm – 7:00pm, Frankford Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia 4634 Frankford Avenue
  • Northwood Civic Association Meeting -Tue, April 15, 7pm – 8pm, St. James Lutheran Church, at Castor Avenue and Pratt Street.
  • RECLAIM | Dumpster Divers – Apr 19 – 20, 2014, @ the corner of Frankford Avenue and Paul Street – Philadelphia’s Dumpster Divers are well known for their commitment to making art from what others would perceive as junk. Seeing the possibilities in trash and other under-utilized resources, they bring a new awareness to the concept of “upcycling” as they transform discarded materials into creative new art forms.  Receptions & block party on the 19th.
  • Frankford Parks Group – Tue, April 22, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, CDC Building, 4900 Griscom St.
  • Northeast Philadelphia EPIC Stakeholders Group – Thu, April 24, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, 2nd Baptist Church, 1801 Meadow Street
  • PSA1 Meeting – Thu, April 24, 7pm – 8pm, Aria Hospital, 4900 Frankford Ave
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St. Joachim Parish Invites You to the Lighting of the Advent Wreath and Strolling Christmas Caroling!

Courtesy of: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markdroberts/2011/11/25/get-ready-for-advent/ All are welcome and most cordially invited! This event is rated “E” for everyone – the young and the “young at heart”!

The Advent Wreath is an age-old symbol of the hope and faith we have in the promises of God. Whatever your particular beliefs, the darkness that winter brings to us, reminds us that we each can be a light for the world, for our community and for others.

Please join us each Wednesday, starting December 4th through December 18th, as we light the Advent Wreath in front of St. Joachim R.C. Church, Penn and Griscom Sts., at 6:30 PM. We will walk up Griscom St. to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 4442 Frankford Ave., singing Christmas Carols. Light refreshments will await us! Even the weather is joining in, as it will “warm up” to 50 degrees on Wednesday.

We are blessed to have a diversity of cultures, religions and traditions in Frankford. Come and share yours with us! You will be most welcomed! advent If walking presents a hardship for you, please meet us at St. Mark’s. You’ll be able to tell when we’re coming by our singing!