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Stop the Violence Prayer Rally

You are invited to come out and show your concern.

St. Mark’s Church will be hosting a community engagement event on Martin Luther King day from 1-3 pm on the 4700 block of Griscom at Arrott Street.

There will be a separate prayer service to follow on Hawthorne Street (where the recent fatal barricade situation transpired) at 4 pm led by Pastor Richard Smith from Faith Assembly of God.

Many community groups have confirmed their attendance. The aim is to bring the community together and have the various organization engage with the community and share a little bit about what each of us does with a goal of fostering a sense of community, discussing available resources, and addressing violence, especially gun violence, in the community. The 15th District PDAC and another group will be providing refreshments.


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34th year for the Frankford Breakfast Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Frankford Breakfast Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Day is Monday, 1/20/2020 from 8:30-11am at Frankford Friends School Annex, 1424 Orthodox St, at the corner of Penn & Orthodox Sts.

2020 is the 34th year for the Frankford Breakfast Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and while we will still be serving Breakfast, we will be doing something different with our morning gathering.

This year we are proudly joining with The Ray of Hope Project’s 15th Annual MLK Day of Service project. The founder of The Ray of Hope Project, Frankford’s own Ray Gant, has built relationships with neighborhoods across Philadelphia, with Police and Town Watch, CLIP, Civic Associations, Colleges and Universities, finding ways to bring people together in caring for each other through service to under-served communities.

In addition to helping Ray recruit and coordinate Cleanup Volunteers, the Frankford Coaltion of Neighbors will be serving Breakfast for Volunteers from 9-11:00 am. Volunteers are welcomed to come in, have breakfast, and be directed to Cleanup locations, or to come eat Breakfast after their work is done! Doors open at 8:30am.

We are very excited about this Project, and we hope to see all our Friends and Neighbors come out – if enough of us are out there cleaning, we should be able to get it done quickly, and have time to Break Bread together.

We will also have an indoor Project, assembling packages for ODAAT’s (One Day at a Time) Homeless Outreach program.

Ray chose 10 blocks to be cleaned, starting at 10am. The Frankford Coalition of Neighbors will be doing our best to clean 5 blocks in Frankord, with the addition of the 1500 block of Orthodox, and the 4500 block of Griscom, where Frankford Friends School and John Marshall Elementary School stand.
The Frankford blocks included in the Ray of Hope Clean Up are:

1300 Ruan St
4600 Griscom St
1400 Church St
1300 E. Sellers St
1900 E. Margaret St (with Faith of God Assembly, Pastor Richard Smith)

PLEASE sign up now! Of course, you are welcome to simply appear on 1/20/2020 if you are so moved – & bring friends or family!
To Sign Up, Call or text Janet E. Bernstein at 267-982-9620 or email
Or Call Representative Joseph C. Hohenstein’s District Office 215-744-2600,

Frankford Coalition of Neighbors – Thanks to Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez, PA Rep Joseph C. Hohenstein 177, ODAAT, The Ray of Hope Project, Frankford Friends School, Frankford High School Jr ROTC, Frankford Garden Club.

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Please join us for a day of honor and reflection as we remember the dream, vision and impact of Dr. King’s life and accomplishments.

10:30 A.M.
State Representative Jason Dawkins
179th District, Philadelphia County
Keynote Speaker

12:30 P.M.
Spiritual Song Tribute

Peter Bressi Northeast Senior Center 4744 Frankford Avenue Philadelphia PA 19124 (215) 831-2926

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Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum & Library Open House Program

Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum & Library Open House Program

Sunday ‘Open House’ Civil War History presentation
2nd Sunday, January 12, 2020 at 1:00 pm (Note earlier start time)
Annual Holiday 28th Pennsylvania Regimental Brass Band Concert
featuring Civil War era favorite tunes and songs
Our Annual Membership Meeting will be held following the concert.
The Concert is FREE & Open to the public.
Historic Ruan House • 4278 Griscom Street• Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19124 •
(215) 289-6484 •