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Community Ambassador Program Meeting

Good sized crowd for a Saturday

Beth Grossman

I went over to historic Campbell AME church on Kinsey Street Saturday morning to check out the Community Ambassador Program.  The community ambassador program is a Tony Payton initiative. It is designed to help the blocks communicate with each other to improve the quality of life in  the 179th Legislative District. He believes that a cohesive effort to fight what problems plague the district is more effective than combating problems as they arise. It is intended to make this an ongoing effort.

I missed the first half hour of the meeting but when I arrived found Beth Grossman, Chief Assistant District Attorney on the Public Nuisance Task Force discussing what could be done about nuisance properties.

Jim Sanders, of Philly 311, was up next and discussed what 311 can and cannot do.  He also talked about their new program,

Jim Sanders

Neighborhood Liaisons.

Tony Payton

A significant benefit in getting a group of people together in one room is the opportunity to hear their ideas.  I was impressed with some of the men there and their response to the “Take back the night” walk the previous evening.  There were some voices that thought it was not an effective way of reaching the people who are involved in the type of violence Frankford has seen over the last few weeks.  Seth Williams made the point that a walk through the neighborhood would not solve the problem.  It will take something more.

There was a survey distributed soliciting information.  You can download the pdf for page one here and page two here.

For further information about this program you may contact Simone Woods at Tony Payton’s office on Frankford Avenue.  The phone number is 215-744-4901.

Simone Woods

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Coming Up in Frankford

  • Take Back the Night in Frankford
    When -Fri, July 23, 9:30pm – Sat, July 24, 12:00am
    Where -Frankford Ave. at Pratt St. (map)
    Description – see details:
  • Community Ambassador Program
    When – Sat, July 24, 10am – 12pm
    Where – Campbell AME Church, 1657 Kinsey St. (map)
    Description – See details
  • Urgent Meeting About Overington Park
    When – Tue, July 27, 6pm – 7pm
    Where Frankford Friends School, middle school on Gillingham St. (map)
    Description – The office of Councilwoman Sánchez and Local Stakeholders group will host a meeting July 27, 2010 at 6:00PM, Frankford Friends School located on 1500 Orthodox St. The Meeting will be held in the middle school on Gillingham St. Please forward to other concerned groups to come out and form a plan to rid the violence from Overington Park.
  • Northeast Philadelphia EPIC Stakeholders Group
    When – Thu, July 29, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
    Where second-floor conference room of Aria Health (map)
    Description – The ultimate goal is to create a process that enhances the community’s ability to solve issues surrounding truancy, domestic violence, child safety and substance abuse. The city’s chief assistant district attorney, Beth Grossman, of the Public Nuisance Task Force, will be the keynote speaker.
  • Grand Army of the Republic Museum Open House
    When – Sun, August 1, 12pm – 5pm
    Where – 4278 Griscom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19124 (map)
    Description – Presentation at 1:30 PM: Wicked Women of Winchester Jerry Holsworth
  • Frankford Special Services District Board Meeting
    When – Mon, August 2, 8:30am – 9:30am
    Where – St. Mark’s Church, 4442 Frankford Ave, Griscom Street entrance. (map)
    Description – Open to the public
  • PSA1 Meeting
    When – Tue, August 10, 7pm – 8pm
    Where – Aria Health – 2nd floor conference room – 4900 Frankford Avenue (map)