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Frankford Gazette January 2012 Print Edition

The January print edition is about to go to press so I am posting a link here if you would care to take a look.

My thanks to Tim Wisniewski, Executive Director of the Frankford Special Services District who has been doing the work of publishing the print edition since August.  He did the initial design and layout of all the editions until this month when I attempted to fill his shoes.  It was not easy but it is done.

Tim Wisniewski at the PSA meeting

Tim was instrumental in the effort to get the Gazette into print.  Jimmie Saunders of PhillyRising first raised the issue back in July since it had come up in discussion by residents as something that was needed by the community.  A meeting was set to discuss the possibility.  We met with Jimmie, Tim Wisniewski and Patricia Coyne in the offices of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations down on Lehigh Avenue.

We talked about what could be done and how it could be done.  It was Tim who said let’s just do it and do it now, not next week or have endless meetings to plan it out.  So we did and it got done.

There is no doubt that we would have done it one way or the other.  PhillyRising does get things moving.  Tim volunteered to do the layout and get it distributed and that made all the difference.

Ongoing, we will be doing the layout here and the CDC will handle the printing and distribution.  Printing now courtesy of Tony Payton’s office until a permanent printing solution can be found.


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The process of writing an action plan for PhillyRising in Frankford began last night.  Jimmie Saunders, Ade Fequa, Manny Citron and John Farrell led a group of 25 Frankforders through the process of visualizing the future.

The Subject issues were identified in previous meetings of Frankford residents as being at the top of their wish list:

  • After school activities
  • Infrastructure
  • Community health
  • Vacant lots and green space
  • Economic development

What amazed me was the qualified people who walked through the door of Denby’s last night.  Everybody seemed to be an expert at something except me, so I just took notes.

I’m kind of cautiously optimistic about this PhillyRising thing because I am tired of people making promises they don’t keep.  PhillyRising only promises to help us find out what we can do using what is already available.  There is no magic, no smoke and mirrors.  We’ll get something done if we focus and plan and make use of existing resources.

Some great ideas emerged at the meeting but it is far from final yet.  There will be another followup meeting in a few weeks.