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Frankford Civic Talks 4200 Torresdale Avenue

Frankford Civic  Association meeting on March 2nd took up the pending application for a special exception zoning variance at 4200 Torresdale Avenue.  Local residents received notice of the ZBA hearing to be held on March 15th.  The application reads as follows: SPECIAL EXCEPTION FOR THE INSTALLATION OF ONE (1) STATICALLY ILLUMINATED FLAT-WALL SIGN AND THE DOCUMENTATION OF THE ERECTION OF THREE (3) AWNINGS (NO SIGNAGE) AND STAIRS & RAMP IN RIGHT-OF-WAY (PROPERTY IS LOCATED IN THE AREA FLOOD ZONE). SIZE AND LOCATION AS SHOWN IN APPLICATION. FOR USE AS PERSONAL VEHICLE REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE WITH ACCESSORY SIGNAGE.

The Frankford NAC will hear a presentation from the owner of the property at their meeting on March 9th.  Any resident who received a copy of the notice should attend that meeting which will be held at 2nd Baptist Church at 1801 Meadow Street at 7 PM.

Car dealer cars parking on the 4800 block of Oxford Avenue has been discussed at previous meetings.  At the latest walk through the parking of cars without licenses was down to one.  There is a lot of transient parking however which is to be expected in that area.  

The Frankford NAC heard a presentation at the January meeting by ArtisanSmiles, a dental practice, who wants to open up a full service office at 4821 Frankford Avenue.  The NAC had to delay a vote on the issue due to a problem with the posting of the zoning notice.

A new Verizon wireless store opened up at Frankford Avenue and Foulkrod Street.  That is good news for the area.

The Daral building has seen the Frankford CDC, NAC and Representative Jason Dawkins move in.  Good news for that intersection of Paul and Frankford Avenue.

Kim Washington, Christine DeJesus and Pat Smiley at the new office of the Frankford CDC in the Daral Building.

The owners of 4150 Kensington llc attended the meeting to discuss their interest in using the corner of their property at Adams Avenue and Kensington Avenue for used car sales.  The folks attending spoke about concerns the community might have should they look for a zoning variance.  At present the lot is zoned residential since it actually fronts on Adams Avenue.  They were advised to contact the Frankford NAC for further guidance.


Kat Hardy of Senator Tartaglione’s office attended and announced the office will be offering SEPTA KEY application help to seniors.  The new card will be necessary when SEPTA KEY is operational to ride for free.  They will take your picture, help with the application and send it to SEPTA for you.  SEPTA will then process your application and send you the new card in the mail.  You need to bring your id with you when you come to the office.  Whatever you use to ride SEPTA will will do it.

The next meeting of the Frankford Civic Association will be held on April 6th at 7 PM at St. Mark’s Church, 4442 Frankford Avenue.

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Crime Talk Tops Frankford Civic Meeting for June

Dr. Jerry Ratcliffe, Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple University appeared at the Frankford Civic Association meeting on June 4th to bring some reality to the discussion about crime in Frankford.  Since crime has been an ongoing theme of the civic meetings in the past, his attendance was welcome.

The crowd of about 20 regulars listened attentively to his presentation.  He is an engaging speaker and has a wealth of expertise beyond the academic world.

  • On the Philadelphia police – maybe not the best but they are getting better compared to where they were.  They have moved from just responding to 911 calls to planning and deploying police where they will be needed.
  • Demands on the police are far greater than they can meet so choices have to be made.  There is never enough funding for manpower and equipment.
  • Foot patrols, which everyone loves, can be effective in a limited area but every man you take out of a patrol car slows down response time overall.
  • We need some creative ideas to shut down the drug corners.  We are not going to stop people from using or selling drugs with policing.  There has been success in other parts of the country by re-engineering the places where drugs are sold to make it less attractive for that place to be used.  Block through traffic where drugs are sold to people in autos etc.
  • Surveillance cameras do prevent certain crimes but they tend to be non violent in their nature.  A guy who is going to steal a car will look around to see if anyone is looking.  The other guy who is high and with a gun will shoot you no matter who is watching.

Also on the agenda was Michael Calderone Principal of Harding Middle School at Torresdale and Wakeling.  An issue was raised at the last Civic meeting about the long time, ongoing construction project at the school.  The job has dragged on due to problems in properly replacing Terra Cotta tiles on the roof line.  The result is that a scaffold and fence has been up around the school keeping the grass from being cut and attracting trash.

After being contacted by Pete Specos, President of the Civic Association, Calderone immediately double-checked the stone on top to make sure it wouldn’t fall. Once it was deemed safe, they removed the fence and cleared the brush that was growing around it. He added that they do appreciated the letter, that it helped them move forward, and invited residents to please just call him whenever they have concerns.   Residents appreciated his prompt action.

The next meeting of the Frankford Civic Association will be held on Thursday July 2nd at 7 PM at St. Marks Church 4442 Frankford Avenue.



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Coming Up in Frankford

  • Grand Gala Unveiling of ‘Old Baldy’
    When – Sun, September 26, 12pm – 4pm
    Where – Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum & Library, 4278 Griscom St. Philadelphia, PA 19124 (map)
    Description – Grand Gala Unveiling of ‘Old Baldy’ General Meade’s Famed Warhorse Returns Home to Post #1 Ceremony at 1:30pm Refreshments & Beverages Tours & Talks Parking at St Joachim’s R.C. Church lot on Griscom St. Please R.S.V.P. to: or call: 215-289-6484
  • Northeast Philadelphia EPIC Stakeholders Group
    When – Thu, September 30, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
    Where – Aria Helath, Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19124 (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.
  • Unlitter Us Rally and Fair
    When – Fri, October 1, 11:30am – 12:00pm
    Where – outside of Holiday Thriftway (5147 Frankford Avenue) (map)
  • Grand Army of the Republic Museum Open House
    When – Sun, October 3, 12pm – 5pm
    Where – 4278 Griscom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19124 (map)
    Description – Presentation at 1:30 PM: “Civil War Spies and Guerillas” Dr Sid Copel
  • Friends of Overington Park
    When – Tue, October 5, 7pm – 8pm
    Where – CORA Neuman Center at 1000 Orthodox Street (map)
    Description – Come out and discuss our park and what we an do to make it a safe and pleasant place for everyone.
  • Frankford Civic Association Meeting
    When – Thu, October 7, 7pm – 8pm
    Where – 2nd floor conference room, Aria Health, 4900 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19124 (map)
  • Pasta Dinner
    When – Sun, October 10, 12pm – 4pm
    Where – St. Joachim Roman Catholic Church 1527 Church Street Philadelphia, PA 19124 (map)
    Description – St. Joachim’s is having a Pasta Dinner on Sunday, October 10 from 12PM to 4PM. Dinners include: Pasta, meatballs or sausage, salad, rolls & butter, desserts and coffee, tea or iced tea. All this for $10 for adults, $6 for children 6-12 and free for children 5 and under. Take out is also available!
  • Historical Society of Frankford program
    When – Tue, October 12, 7:30pm – 9:00pm
    Where – 1507 Orthodox St., Philadelphia, PA 19124 (map)
    Description – BREWERIES of FRANKFORD, KENSINGTON & BRIDESBURG Rich Wagner Master Brewers Association of the Americas PHILADELPHIA BREWING COMPANY OKTOBERFEST LIBATIONS Raise one up for these three industrial River Wards, where breweries quenched the thirst of thousands of workers and shipped beer throughout the world. Schmidt’s and Gretz were two of the last breweries to close, while those of John Fritsch and John Grauch in Frankford never made it past prohibition. Rich Wagner has been studying the history of this area’s brewing industry and has researched brewing from colonial times to today’s craft brewing industry.
  • Frankford Community Garden Maintenance Meetup
    When – Thu, October 14, 6pm – 8pm
    Where – Corner of Oxford Ave. and Foulkrod St. (map)
    Description – Gather together with your friends and neighbors to maintain and improve this garden spot in Frankford.
  • Northeast Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
    When – Sun, October 17, 1pm – 2pm
    Where – Holy Family University – 9801 Frankford Avenue (map)
    Description – NORTHEAST HALL of FAME Holy Family University – 9801 Frankford Avenue Inductees: Benjamin Rush, Robert Purvis, Butch Ballard, Sister Mary Scullion, Special People in the NE (SPIN) .  Tickets $25.00 available from Holy Family University.
  • Northwood Civic Association Meeting
    When – Tue, October 19, 7pm – 8pm
    Where – St. James Lutheran Church, at Castor Avenue and Pratt Street. (map)
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Coming Up in Frankford

  • Free Picture with the Easter Bunny When – Wed, March 31, 3pm – 5pm.  Where – Mark My Flesh Tattoo, (Frankford & Orthodox, 2nd Floor) (map)Description – Free Picture with the Easter Bunny Wednesday, March 31, 2010 3:00pm—5:00pm Mark My Flesh Tattoo 4601 Frankford Avenue (Frankford & Orthodox, 2nd Floor) Questions? (215) 743-6580 Sponsored by: SPIN Frankford 1616 Orthodox Street Frankford Community Development Corporation 4900 Griscom Street Dream Girls Fashion 4603 Frankford Avenue Richardson Group 1750 Bridge Street Mark My Flesh 4601 Frankford Avenue (215) 533-1149 Holiday Thriftway 5147 Frankford Avenue (215) 535-9043 Frankford Business & Professional Association P.O. Box 4869 (215) 743– 5522 Theresa Hanas Main Street Coordinator Frankford Community Development Corporation 4900 Griscom Street Philadelphia, PA 19124 Office: (215)743-6580 Fax: (215)743-6582
  • Frankford Civic Association Meeting When – Thu, April 1, 7pm – 8pm Where – Frankford Hospital – 2nd floor conference room (map)
  • Grand Army of the Republic Museum Open House When – Sun, April 4, 12pm – 5pm Where – 4278 Griscom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19124 (map)Description – Presentation at 1:30 PM: “Bloodshed on Lafayette Square” The assasination attemp & attack on Seward Hugh Boyle
  • Frankford Parks Cleanup WhenSat, 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.
  • 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)
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East Frankford Civic Association

A report on the recent meeting of the East Frankford Civic Association is in the Northeast Times this week. Al Taubenberger, Republican party candidate for mayor, attended the meeting. Also, an interesting zoning issue for a building on Penn Street. The Civic will support the variance. Read the entire story here: