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o Board meeting: Saturday December 7th @ 10am.
o RSVP if you want to come, have questions, and/or would like to be involved.

o We are looking for few amazing people to fill vacancies on our Board of Directors.
o If you are into community organizing and nonprofit work, live in Frankford, and want to see the Y reopen-apply now!
o We are now taking resumes/bios-see below for information.

o We want to reopen the basketball courts and the lobby immediately!
o WE NEED laborers to donate labor and we also need monetary donations!
o Any and all donations appreciated!

o We need volunteers to help in the ongoing clean up of the Y!
o If you are free on weekends during the day and don not mind getting your hands dirty-come by and help us out!

For more information, to send us a resume or to donate or volunteer, please contact the Board VP Kristy Schneider at 215-847-0985 or on Facebook at or email at

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Frankford Y Off the Auction Block

At a news conference on November 3rd, Frank Bennett, President of the board of the New Frankford Community Y, announced that an agreement has been reached with Beneficial Mutual Savings Bank to acknowledge satisfaction of the mortgage on the property located at 4704 Leiper Street and also known as the historic Bromley Mansion.  This clears the way for development of the property and reopening it as a community center.

Board members: Pete Specos, Kristy Schneider, Frank Bennett,  Joe Krause and Jose Figuera

Board members: Pete Specos, Kristy Schneider, Frank Bennett, Joe Krause and Jose Figueroa

In addition, Mr. Bennett has signed an agreement with the board to lease the mansion area of the property which will house offices for his law practice and real estate business. He will restore the building in exchange for a 99 year lease at $1.00 per year.

The recreational area of the property will be restored to community use.

With the loss of the PAL center and Salvation Army recreational facilities for youth, the need for a place for kids to go in Northwood and Frankford has never been greater.

Further details are available in the video at the top of the page.




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New Frankford Community Y Board of Directors Holds First Meeting


Board of Directors

Minutes of Meeting


Call to Order- 10:43

Reading of the Minutes of the Previous Meeting– None

Presidents Report:

Opening Statement by Frank Bennett regarding the status of the Y discussing the legal status of the organization, liabilities, and the stabilization of the building i.e. roof repairs made, insurance obtained, the need for electric, and activation of the fire system.

Financial Report:

  • Opening Balance $0.00.
  • $100 dollars collected- Donation Frankford Civic.
  • Pledge of $500 dollars by Kristy through donation solicitation.
  • Closing Balance $100.00

Reading of Receipts/ Expenses- $6,000.00 invoice for repair of roof- City Wide Roofing.

Reading of Bills and Communications- L&I notice of violations.

Report of the Auditors- None

Committee Reports- None

Unfinished Business

New Business:

Frank Bennett, President NFCY, appointed the following to the Board of Directors:

  1. Kristy Schneider, Vice President
  2. Joe Krause, Treasurer
  3. Elizabeth McCollum Nazario, Secretary
  4. Pete Specos, Financial Secretary
  5. Jose Figueroa, Member
  6. Tony Payton, Member


Board members in attendance:

  1. Kristy Schneider, Vice President
  2. Joe Krause, Treasurer
  3. Pete Specos, Financial Secretary


Excused Absent:

  1. Elizabeth McCollum Nazario, Secretary
  2. Jose Figueroa, Member
  3. Tony Payton, Member

Discussion held regarding:

  • Obtaining Tony Rachuba’s signature for Frank’s appointment. Frank to obtain signature.
  • Status of 501(c)3. Frank informed board that tax return for 2010 and 2011 were filed preserving the 501(c)3 status and expressed that 2012 must be timely or 501(c)3 status would be lost.
  • Orphan’s court involvement.  Frank informed board that Orphan’s court involvement was not necessary since this board existednand control of the Y vested with this board.
  • Personal liability of board members. Frank informed that new board members are not personally liable actions of previous board members nor of the debt of the Y.
  • Historical Preservation
  • Need for turning on electric, security and the fire systems. Frank informed that the insurance on the building requires it and any claim may be denied as the result of failure to obtain. Approximate funds needed $3,000.00.
  • Emails between Frank and Councilwoman Sanchez
  • Sources of emergency funding: John Taylor, contacted awaiting reply, Christine Tartaglione contacted (John Duffy), awaiting reply, James Clay- not available funding until he takes office, possible donation- March 2013, City Council at large- Frank to contact.
  • Fundraising. Letters to be distributed to fund building stabilization including turning on electric, security and the fire systems.
  • Costs of repairs to building.
  • Cost of maintaining the utilities and insurance per month approximately $500.00. $250 for the insurance policy, $60 electric, $60 alarm, $100 gas, $60 water, $30 maintenance. We need to find people to GIVE on a monthly basis!
  • Feasibility of operating the pool. Joe to contact local Y’s and report back.
  • Status of insurance claim for theft and vandalism. Beneficial Financial Services, a company owned by mortgage holder, Beneficial Bank, who has a confessed judgment against the Y with sheriff sale pending, refuses to turn over policy. Loan forgiveness will be sought if denied suit initiated.
  • Opening the weight room as a meeting place for groups. Costs discussed. Pete to provide cost of ceiling replacement. Frank to determine cost of plumbing and heating and solicit donations for repair. Plan subject to turning on utilities.
  • Contact Barry Howell to operate a boxing ring in gym. Costs of operation and building to be on program.
  • Press involvement: Gazette, the Daily News, NE Times, Star, KYW, TV, radio stations.

Motions Presented and Passed:

  1. Audit of Books to determine feasibility and cause of Y’s closing. Books to be turned over to Joe for audit. Joe to PDF files and provide copies on CD to board members. Copies to be made available for public inspection.
  2. Rental of Mansion- Mike Galdi to determine the feasibility of renting the Mansion with repairs and utilities to be made by tenant.
  3. Board to open bank account.
  4. Frank to draft business plan and present to Beneficial Bank, mortgage holder ($250,000.00 owed) for loan forgiveness.
  5. Hours of Operation established: Saturdays- 9am-1pm

Announcements- None

Meeting concluded at 12:40.

Minutes taken by Kristy Schneider, Vice President

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Save the Y

Not Because it is a piece of our past, but because it is vital to our future!


As you may have heard, our community has regained possession of the Frankford Y!  While exciting, the issues presented are vast in order to save the Y as vandals, looters, and age have take its toll on the building and immediate action is needed stabilize the structure preventing its loss. Specifically, and most immediate, the roof is leaking in several locations and basic utility service in needed.  This letter is a plea to each and every one of you, my neighbors, to help me save this piece of our neighborhood, not because it is a piece of our past, but because it is vital to our future.

The incoming board of directors, including myself as President, have plans to develop programs that use this facility in a manner that benefits everyone. Our vision and our use of the building will be centered on enabling individuals to achieve more then what they have today. GED courses, the training of trade skills, higher education and job location and placement will be the foundation of our programs as teaching a person to fish instead of giving them one creates vested neighbors who cares about themselves, their future, and their community. Further, support and social services including child care, personal fitness and aquatics will be offered as an intergrated plan of individual achievement.

Many of you know of my investment in the community and the restoration of 4700-12 Castor where I live with my wife and 4 children. Know that I am committed to the restoration of the Y. However, neither my commitment, nor the commitment of my board will be enough. Our future will
be determined by your choice, right here, right now. What you do with this letter will determine our future and the development of our community. Follow this link to a donation slip. Use it best you can, remembering that, like the Y, abandonment leads to deterioration and eventual destruction. Please contribute to our future immediately and on a monthly basis and remember all donations are tax deductible as the Y is a 503(c)3. Please give today! Mail Check or credit card payment information t0 the address below.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me on my cell at 267-393-2663.

Franklin A. Bennett III, Esq.
President and CEO
4700 Leiper Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19124