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Coming Up in Frankford

  • Grand Army of the Republic Museum Open HouseNext Week In Frankford
    When – Sun, November 8, 12pm – 5pm
    Where – 4278 Griscom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19124 (map)
    Description – Presentation at 1:30 PM: Civil War Santa Claus Kevin Rawlins
  • Historical Society of Frankford program
    When – Tue, November 10, 7:30pm – 9:00pm
    Where – 1507 Orthodox St., Philadelphia, PA 19124 (map)
    Description – FRANKFORD AVENUE The Nation’s Newest National Historic Trail “Washington Rochambeau Revolutionary Route W3R-PA” Robert Selig, PhD National Historian W3R-USA Tuesday, November 10, 2009 7:30 pm HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF FRANKFORD Frankford Avenue is a newly-designated NPS National Historic Trail, part of the 685 miles of French (Rochambeau) & American (Washington) campsites from Newport RI to Yorktown VA, where a decisive victory securing American Independence was forged. Dr Selig, Nat’l W3R-USA Historian, has researched those sites & activities along Frankford Ave, & will discuss his publication and the possibilities for marking our NE Phila/Frankford Ave route. Also, The Color Guards of the Philadelphia-Continental Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, will perform a flag processional in uniform FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact W3R-PA 215-365-5550 The Historical Society of Frankford 1507 Orthodox Street, Philadelphia, PA 19124 215-743-6030 Light Refreshments Served
  • Transitional Home for Veterans in Philadelphia Receives Dramatic Makeover
    When – Wed, November 11, 8pm – 9pm
    Where – HGTV Comcast channel 77 (map)
    Description – American heroes, like Army veteran Hence Forland, have opened their homes to provide temporary shelters for homeless veterans. HGTV carpenter Carter Oosterhouse and designer Monica Pedersen team up with hundreds of volunteers in St. Louis and Philadelphia to transform these barely livable, historic residences into beacons of hope with two of the biggest and best remodeling projects in HGTV history.
  • Northwood Civic Association Meeting
    When – Tue, November 17, 7pm – 8pm
    Where – St. James Lutheran Church, at Castor Avenue and Pratt Street. (map)
  • Italian Style Family Dinner
    When – Wed, November 18, 4:30pm – 8:00pm
    Where – St. Joachim’s Church, 1527 Church Street, Phila., PA 19124 (map)
    Description – MARK YOUR CALENDAR Every Third Wednesday from September thru May Italian Style Family Dinner The Dinners will be served from 4:30 PM to 8 PM in Fitzmaurice Hall Take-out will be available. COST: $8.00 for Adults, $4.00 for Children. Come Join us!
  • Solar Power Workshop
    When – Thu, November 19, 6pm – 8pm
    Where – Location TBD (map)
    Description – Rep. Payton is hosting a series of workshops on solar power to help you become a part of the solar revolution. Three solar professionals will present their services and general information about the benefits of solar energy. Rep. Payton’s staff will also present on solar rebates and tax incentives available on solar purchases. Presenters include: Rene Ermilio, Helio Power Systems Micah Gold-Markel, Solar States David Blumenfeld, Urban Eco Electric Jorge Santana, Office of State Rep. Tony Payton, Jr. For more information about any of these events, please contact Rep. Payton’s constituent service office at 215-544-7901.
  • Fall For Your Park at Overington Park
    When – Sat, November 21, 10am – 1pm
    Where – Overington Park, Leiper and Orthodox Streets (map)
    Description – Our next Friends of Overington Park event is on Saturday November 21, 2009, from 10am till 1pm. We will be planting a few trees, and racking up leaves, I hope some of your readers would like to attend. The event is called Fall For Your Park and will be going on around the city in over 60 parks. I hope to see you there.
  • Town hall meeting
    When – Tue, November 24, 7pm – 8pm
    Where – St. Joachim’s church hall, Church and Griscom streets.Phila. Pa 19124 (map)
    Description – Captain Bachmayer invites residents from the district to share their concerns at a town hall meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m. at St. Joachim’s church hall, Church and Griscom streets.
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Romain House Update

Romain HouseAs we reported back in March, the Romain House, 4245 Romain Street (map), was awarded a makeover in the HGTV voting.  Inqlings at reports that the work began on Friday:

HGTV is in town with host Carter Oosterhouse and designer Monica Pedersen as they rebuild a house off Frankford Avenue for the Pennsylvania American Legion Housing for Homeless Veterans Corp., which will put up three veterans there. Jack Prichard, Adam Norbutti, and Chris Wray, three electricians from Local 98 and Iraq war veterans, are among the volunteer workers. The project will be shown on Veterans Day on an HGTV special that also will profile local veterans, including Stanley Fabiszewski, who served under Gen. George Patton in World War II. Flyers coach John Stevens and Mayor Nutter attended Friday’s opening ceremony. Closing ceremony is scheduled for June 28.

Good news for the residents and Romain Street as well.  We’ll try to get down there to get some pictures.

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Romain House

Romain HouseThe Romain House will get a makeover thanks to HGTV.  As we reported back in February, the Romain House was in the running for a makeover.  Viewers could vote for the home of their choice and Philadelphia (Frankford) and St. Louis came out on top.  So when the makeover is complete we’ll post a before and after picture for everyone to see.  I expect most of the improvements will be on the inside for the comfort and safety of the residents.

Thanks to Shirley for the tip.

Update on March 31st from

…the three- bedroom facility located on Romain Street in the historic Frankford District, provides veterans with food, shelter and employment assistance after concluding military service. The 70-year old home will receive a kitchen remodel and new appliances, insulation, windows and renovations to a bathroom that will improve accessibility for disabled veterans….the makeovers also will be featured in an HGTV special in October 2009.