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Grand Opening – Community 360 Kidz – Afterschool Program !!

Community 360 Kidz Afterschool Program & Summer Academy
opened NOW… Academic, Social, Recreation, Gardening for grades K-6.

Grand Opening Special… $25.00 per week, per student. Free pickup
from nearby schools. Light dinner. Homework help, tutoring, arts/crafts,
computers, and exercise at nearby playground.

Stop by and see us… 4730 Oxford Ave (Oxford & Penn St-in By Grace Alone Church).

Call 267-444-1634, Andre Sawyer, Executive Director

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A Garden Grows in Frankford

Actually there are quite a few gardens growing in Frankford.  Some of the most interesting user comment we have seen has been related to those gardens.  So a few weeks ago when I was coming down Oxford Avenue and saw that group of folks tending to the lot on the corner of Oxford and Foulkrod naturally I had to stop and ask what was going on.  So emerged the story of Tom and Hazel Hummel and Al Houston.  I had heard a little bit of it before.

The old Bell Telephone building became vacant and in 1996 blew up in an interesting burst of flaming inferno.  It was subsequently demolished and a vacant lot remained.  After some time, Hazel and Tom got involved and rallied some other folks and with the help of  Janet Bernstein and the Horticultural Society planted a garden.  The garden was beautiful and turned an eyesore into a little place of beauty.

Some time went by and the people who had worked to maintain the garden were no longer able to do so and it fell into decline.  Along comes pastor Gabe from the little church on the block (By Grace Alone Frankford Fellowship) and well, why don’t we let them to the story.  Here it is below.

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By Grace Alone

By Grace Alone Frankford Fellowship at 4730 Oxford Avenue turned their attention this week to the lot at the corner of Foulkrod and Oxford Avenue.  The former site of the old Bell Telephone building has seen better days since the garden was planted there.  I happened to be coming down Oxford Avenue this afternoon and could not miss the folks stacking bags along the sidewalk.  Here are some pictures of what they have accomplished over a few days of work.

The young guys I met today are Pastors Gabe and Bruce.  They are both Frankford residents.  Many of the young people out there pulling weeds were not from Frankf0rd however and that is an interesting story.  I report on that some other time.

Have a look at the pictures we have so far.  I’ll update them as this project moves along.  If you have the time, they could surely use some help.