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Deni Playground Reunion 2012

Saturday was a perfect day for a picnic and Frankford residents had a choice of two.

The Deni Playground Reunion of 2012 was held at Pennypack park.  It is a great location up along the river.  I took a lot of pictures and talked to folks about how much that park meant to the people in the neighborhood.  Father Steve Wetzel, from St. Joachim’s Parish, held a small memorial service to remember those who have passed on. Big Joe Mastrangelo was presented with the Hall of Fame award. Some money was raised for St. Joachim parish.  Food and good times went on all day.

Thanks to Eddie Miranda for leading this effort.  Everyone is already looking forward to next year.  If you did not know, Deni has  Facebook page where you can read more about the day.  You can find it at this link.

Below is a short slideshow.



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Deni 3v3 Basketball League



Invites YOU to join the Exciting


Deni 3v3 Basketball League!

Registration: Saturday, August 20th, 10am-12pm

Saturday, August 27th, 10am-12pm

Location: Deni Basketball Courts

(located at Church and Leiper Streets)

Registration: $20

Deni 3v3 Basketball: Boys & Girls, Ages 10-13.


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Sign-ups for the Deni Intramural 3v3 Basketball League

Deni’s 2010 sign-ups for the Intramural 3v3 Basketball League is here!
THE 3v3  BASKETBALL SIGN-UPS WILL BE Tuesday, September 7, 2010, Wednesday, September 8, 2010 and Thursday, September 9, 2010  from 6-7pm at the Deni Playground Basketball Courts (1381 RUAN ST). The registration fee is $20.
The Deni 3v3 Basketball League is coed for ages 10-13 and is played on Saturday mornings on the Deni Basketball Courts.
To review the Deni 3v3 Basketball Rules check the Deni Playground website.
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Frankford Cleans Up

The third annual Philly Spring Cleanup got off and running today with a burst of activity here in Frankford.  It was a beautiful day for sweeping and weeding or in our case videoing those folks in the community who were doing those things.  It was hard to drive a block without stumbling over one group or another who was hard at work.

In case you have not heard, the city has decided to ask people to stop littering.  That is an original and long overdue idea whose time may have just about come.

The Philadelphia Streets Department is proud to announce UnLitter Us, the first sustained public service campaign to rid our City of litter once and for all. The same litter that blights neighborhoods, hurts business, and keeps people down. We won’t put up with it any more. Philadelphia deserves better, and the Streets Department stands firm in its commitment to attack litter on every front.

Yes for some folks it does not come as second nature to be clean as is evidenced by the state of the streets and lots in the city.  So this would be an educational campaign which just might have an effect.

Below, a short tour of the cleanup here and our thanks to all the volunteers from the various groups who made a big difference today.

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Coming Up in Frankford

  • Deni Playground Cleanup
    When – Sat, April 10, 9am – 2pm
    Where – Deni Playground, Church Street at Leiper Street (map)
  • Frankford Parks Cleanup
    When – Sat, April 10, 9am – 12pm
    Where – Wilmot Park, across from the Second Baptist Church of Frankford at Mulberry and Meadow streets (map)
    Description – Frankford residents who have been working on plans to improve some small local parks will meet in Wilmot Park at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 10, across from the Second Baptist Church of Frankford at Mulberry and Meadow streets. They and other volunteers will be participating in the Mayor’s Citywide Cleanup. Jason Dawkins, an aide to Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez (D-7th dist.), said during the group’s meeting on Monday that cleanup efforts will focus on: ¥ Wilmot Park on the 1800 block of Meadow; ¥ Hedge and Plum Recreation Center, on the 1600 block of Orthodox St.; ¥ A small parcel next to Hedge and Plum; ¥ A vacant lot across from Hedge and Plum; ¥ The Gambrel Recreation Center, at Wakeling and Ditman streets; ¥ A small parcel at Duffield and Meadow streets; ¥ A small parcel at Tackawanna and Wilmot. For the mayoral cleanup day, Dawkins said, the city will provide brooms, gloves, rakes, shovels, bags and graffiti-removal kits. Volunteers may bring other equipment they think they might need, such as rope, twine, mowers or weed-whackers, but they should not bring gear such as chain saws.
  • Overington Park Cleanup
    When – Sat, April 10, 10am – 1pm
    Where – Overington Park – Leiper and Orthodox Streets (map)
    Description We lost two trees in the storm on Saturday. One, the top was blown off and the other uprooted after all the rain. We reported the downed trees and are waiting for the clean up . Good news PHS is planting more trees in our park. Starting April 5th for two weeks they will be planting around the city. We are to get around 10 new trees. They came out and looked at our park and fell in love. We want everyone to love Overington park so come out and enjoy it! We are holding a clean up on April 10th from 10 till 1. We will mulch our new trees and clean out our flower beds, getting a start on the spring growing cycle. We need your support so come out and join us for a positive experience in Frankford, making this a beautiful place to live.
  • Grand Army of the Republic Museum Open House
    When – Sun, April 11, 12pm – 5pm
    Where4278 Griscom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19124 (map)
    Description – Presentation at 1:30 PM: “Bloodshed on Lafayette Square” The assassination attempt & attack on Seward Hugh Boyle
  • Historical Society of Frankford program
    When – Tue, April 13, 7:30pm – 9:00pm
    Where – 1507 Orthodox St., Philadelphia, PA 19124 (map)
    Description – Following a brief introduction to the founding generations of the Greenwood and Bault families, Torben Jenk will share a sideshow of Globe Dye’s monthly one-page illustrated publication “LOCAL COLOR, For Insiders Only” (published at least from 1942 through 1969). “LOCAL COLOR” is an incredible visual record of the social traditions of Frankford, including wonderful brief stories and photos within the Globe family of the employees, births, marriages, retirements, plus improvements to the products and factory. One favorite article is: “Passing Of An Old Globe Custom. It’s only a matter of five or six years since brides-to-be left the plant after the Globe wedding celebration, arrayed in a mock bridal veil, and leading a tiny pig, a duck, or a turkey, amid laughter and good wishes from the girls they left behind. There was nothing official about it, but it was one of the perquisites of a job with Globe, spontaneous and gaily ushering a friend on her way to happiness. In the early days, when this ‘custom’ originated, Frankford was on the edge of the big city. Young couples often set up housekeeping where there was a bit of land on which to keep a pig or raise poultry. Today, there is no pig, no duck or turkey due to the meat shortage. But the gay send off is just as hilarious as ever, the bridal array faked as cleverly, and the feeling just as deep. It’s the spirit of the occasion that counts, not its form. It’s only two or three months ago that we saw Albina Krull leaving, arrayed in her bridal costume to be come Mrs. Albert McGarrigle.” (October 1946, attached, with photo of Albina Krull with veil and piglet on leash!). Please bring your own mementos of Globe Dye, and other social traditions of Frankford, to share with the audience. Copies of “LOCAL COLOR” will be circulated.
  • Italian Style Family Dinner
    When – Sat, April 17, 4:30pm – 8:00pm
    Where – St. Joachim’s Church, 1527 Church Street, Phila., PA 19124 (map)
    Description – MARK YOUR CALENDAR Every Third Wednesday from September thru May Italian Style Family Dinner The Dinners will be served from 4:30 PM to 8 PM in Fitzmaurice Hall Take-out will be available. COST: $8.00 for Adults, $4.00 for Children. Come Join us!
  • Northwood Civic Association Meeting
    When – Tue, April 20, 7pm – 8pm
    Where – St. James Lutheran Church, at Castor Avenue and Pratt Street. (map)
  • Frankford Special Services District Board Meeting
    When – Mon, May 3, 8:30am – 9:30am
    Where – St. Mark’s Church, 4442 Frankford Ave, Griscom Street entrance. (map)
    Description – Open to the public.
  • Rachael Ray Shines on Frankford High
    When – Mon, May 3, 10am – 11am
    Where – TV ABC (map)
    Description – Rachael Ray show comes to Frankford.
  • Frankford Civic Association Meeting
    When – Thu, May 6, 7pm – 8pm
    Where – Frankford Hospital – 2nd floor conference room (map)