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Frankford Civic Association Meeting 11/03/2011

The meeting had over 20 in attendance.  Opening announcement from Pete Specos was that Alice Henry has had to withdraw from the board for personal reasons and he will be acting president.

The first issue was the application for a zoning variance for a day care at the church on the corner of Harrison Street and Frankford Avenue.  The variance is needed because part of the property is zoned residential.

The main topic of discussion was the presentation made by Joe Bella, attorney representing Harry Patel, the owner of the Quickie Mart Express at the corner of Unity Street and Frankford Avenue.  Mr. Patel says that business is down and he sees an opportunity to recoup those losses by offering take out beer at the Quickie Mart.  His proposal would include remodeling the entire shopping center, which he also owns, as well as the interior of the Quickie Mart to accommodate sit down dining .  That is a requirement of the license to sell take out beer.

Mr. Patel is trying to determine whether the community would support this change in his business before he proceeds.  Discussion from the group was centered on the problems now seen on the Avenue with people and alcohol.  Will this change make a difference or make things worse then they are now.  I have a video here of the presentation along with some of the comments and questions raised.  It’s 10 minutes long but might be worth a watch.

There is no doubt that Mr. Patel is an astute business man and the Quickie Mart is a nice store.  If you have concerns about this issue, you should attend the next Frankford Civic meeting to voice your opinion.  It will be held on December 1st at 7PM at Aria Health 2nd floor conference room.


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Frankford Second Saturday Festival

Part two of a busy Saturday filled with stuff was a stop at the Frankford Second Saturday Festival.  It was held in the parking lot at Frankford Square which is at Frankford Avenue and Unity Street.  Sponsored by the Frankford CDC, Aria Health and the Quicky Mart Express, it was billed as an arts festival.  As well as art and crafts, food was also on the menu and face painting and entertainment too.  There were vendors plying their wares and there was a crowd.  Frankford hasn’t seen anything on Frankford Avenue like this in a very long time.

I could not stay for more than about twenty minutes but I did catch Shades of Green,  the Irish Step Dancers (led by Lindsay Straub).  Later, there were performances by Matt Loukie and Mike Rydock.

Also on hand

  • Unfortunate American Design Company which is part of the Deadfish Media Group ( Amanda Driscoll and Kristen were the actual artists from DMG at the event.
  • Dumster Divers Art
  • Mark does Art
  • Nafisah Lewis – candles
  • Jessica Donnelly – jewelry
  • Ryan Henderson – graphic and abstract art,

Congratulations to Tracy O’Drain and Michelle Feldman on a job well done.  There is a short video below.  Have a look.