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Good News for Holiday Thriftway and Frankford

Rite Aid,who owns the property at 5147 Frankford Avenue, has extended the lease for Holiday Thiftway through at least October of 2018.

We have previously reported about the  SEPTA board of directors meeting and ongoing negotiations and the concern expressed by community residents of what the loss of the store would mean.

We’ll continue to report on the prospects for development in the area of the Frankford Transportation Center.


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Frankford Gazette Goes Into Print

The print edition of the Frankford Gazette hit the streets today.  You can find it at the following locations:

  • Quickie Mart Express – 4346 Frankford Avenue
  • Free Library of Philadelphia, Frankford Branch – 4634 Frankford Avenue
  • Sugar & Spice – 4801 Frankford Avenue
  • 7-11, 5028 Frankford Avenue
  • Holiday Thriftway – 5147 Frankford Avenue

So what does this mean?  We have a fairly large following here on the internet but we do not reach the folks in the community who are not connected.  That was until today.

This came about directly from the work of Jim Saunders from the City Managing Director’s office as a result of his work with PhillyRising.  He saw the need for a print newspaper and Patricia Coyne, of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations’ Community Relations Division (who is also volunteer board secretary for the Historical Society of Frankford suggested that some of us get together at her office to talk about it.  Tim Wisniewski, of the Frankford Special Services district talked to us last year about the need for a print newspaper and he also attended that meeting.  Within an hour, we had developed a plan and it became a reality today.  The final product was printed by the Frankford CDC at their office on Griscom Street and the papers were distributed by the Safety Ambassadors of the Special Services District.

Naturally the print edition is a little different than what we do online.  We are looking for advertisers to make it self supporting.  We are also looking for contributors of news, pictures, event reports and everything else that you want to see in a community newspaper.

When you child graduates from high school, send us a picture with the details.  If mom or dad comes home from deployment, let us know.  The school events that your kids are involved with are of interest to everybody.  We are also exploring ways to expand coverage to include some Spanish language reporting because we want to include all of the residents in our community.

Four years ago we started this web site because there was nothing else out there serving Frankford.  Most of the news that mentioned Frankford was negative.  So we wanted to focus some attention on the positive.  We will do the same with the print edition.  And did I mention that is is free?   You can see it at the locations listed above.  You can also download the pdf right here.

And if you are attending the special meeting of the Frankford Civic tonight, some copies will be available.

Thank you, Frankford, for your support.



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Coming Up in Frankford

  • Sidewalk art contest for kids and pet event
    When – Sat, September 18, 10am – 1pm
    Where – Overington Park, Leiper and Orthodox Streets (map)
    Description – We will be holding a sidewalk art contest for kids. If adults would like to show off their skills with chalk they are welcome to come. There will be prizes for the kids and refreshments for all! Thanks for your support. Also, A veterinarian and a team of volunteers will offer low-cost vaccinations and microchips to pet owners (both dogs and cats). They will also give out info about spay/neuter, pet care, leash laws, etc. They will give out vouchers for $40 spay/neuter and vaccinations for pit bulls and pit bull mixes. Also, they have leashes and collars they will give people.
  • Northwood Civic Association Meeting
    When – Tue, September 21, 7pm – 8pm
    Where – St. James Lutheran Church, at Castor Avenue and Pratt Street. (map)
  • Northeast Philadelphia EPIC Stakeholders Group
    When – Thu, September 30, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
    Where – Aria Health, 2nd floor. 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.
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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.
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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

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Hundreds Greet the Easter Bunny on Frankford Avenue

It was standing room only at Dream Girls (4603 Frankford Avenue) this afternoon.  The weather certainly helped as the skies once again shined brightly down through the El structure.  The crowd was in honor of the Easter Bunny who had agreed to sit for pictures at no charge.  Parents and kids lined up and waited patiently for their turn while the El whizzed by overhead. 

This annual event was sponsored by the Frankford CDC, SPIN (Special People in the Northeast) Frankford, Dream Girls Fashion, the Richardson Group, Frankford Business and Professional Association, Mark My Flesh tattoo and the  Holiday Thriftway supermarket.