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49 Acres of Land on the Friends Hospital Property Secured for Public Use

State Rep. James Clay Jr., D-Phila., today said the Commonwealth Financing Authority has awarded a $150,000 grant to Natural Lands Trust Inc.

Clay said the funding will be used to purchase 49-acres of streamside lands on the Friends Hospital Property, which is currently owned by the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation. The land will help protect a newly installed public trail, conserve the wooded valley adjacent to Philadelphia’s Tacony Creek Park. Clay said the acquisition will also ensure public access to the property.

“I am grateful that the CFA has recognized the importance of this project to the people of Northeast Philadelphia,” Clay said. “This funding will go a long way in helping conservation efforts in this part of the city, and increase the quality of life for those in the community.”

The grants were awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, an independent state agency that evaluates and administers funding for projects that create jobs and invest in the state’s financial growth. To find out more about CFA programs, visit

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Environmental Fair at Friends Hospital December 17th

I’ve met the folks who are doing this fair and its the real deal.  It took me a while to catch on to this watershed idea but I get it now.  It’s where the water goes.  You can learn something about it and sign up for a FREE rain barrel or downspout planter.  Free cocoa and snacks, kids activities.  Fun for all.  Take a look below.

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Two Weeks of Frankford Links

I was on vacation last week so I have two weeks worth of Frankford Links:

photo credit: serlingrod on flickr