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Free Trees Again this Year

TreePhilly Yard Tree Giveaway Registration Open!

Order your free tree by March 27, 2014!

 Tree Philly is a tree planting initiative from Philadelphia Parks & Recreation in partnership with Wells Fargo and Fairmount Park Conservancy that directly engages Philadelphia property owners, business, and neighborhood residents to improve their communities by planting and maintaining trees. More trees mean lower costs, safer communities, and a better Philadelphia. Trees help keep homes and buildings cool during the summer and save on energy costs. They reduce runoff and flooding and increase property values.

This spring, residents are eligible to receive up to two free trees per address. To register for your FREE yard tree/s, go to, or contact Tree Philly at 215-683-0217 or

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Neighborhood Greens Overington

On November 16th, the Frankford community decided to turn the neighborhood green.  We had multiple kinds of trees starting from Beautiful birch to pretty peach. We started with 150 trees and we left with zero.park

The entire group, named the Friends of Overington Park, would love to thank, TreePhilly for helping us with this spectacular event.  In the photo is Ericka. She is one of the nice workers of TreePhilly. So thank you Ericka for the help. We had lots of people smiling and saying ‘what a beautiful event to hold here in the neighborhood and I cannot wait until the next year.

Mecchi Stewart is a student at Frankford High School, member of the JROTC and reports for the Frankford Gazette.

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Fall is a great time to plant a tree!

Register now for a giveaway event to get FREE Yard Trees from TreePhilly. Just 2 weeks remain before registration closes on 10/31. Pre-registered participants will be able to select from between 8 and 10 trees at each giveaway location, including fruit trees! Walk-in participants will not be able to get fruit trees.  Register at this link.

Sat. November 9th
Pennypack Environmental Center (8600 Verree Rd. 19115)
10am-12pm, 12-2pm, 2-4pm time slots

Sun. November 10th
Columbus Square Playground (1200 Wharton St. 19147)

Sat. November 16th
Overington Park (4600 Leiper St. 19124)

Sun. November 17th
West Oak Lane Library (2000 Washington Lane 19138)

Please tell your friends and family in Philadelphia about this great opportunity.

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Northwood Civic Meeting 2/19/13 Update

We had only 20 to 30 people in attendance. Old business we touched on the 900 block of Foulkrod and the used car salesman again. In response to an email I sent to the PSA Lt.; Officer Walker went to check out the street; this was his response which I shared with the members:

Hello Joe!

I went out to Foulkrod St yesterday and actually spoke to the gentleman who lives at 960 who is the seller of the vehicles that were out there.  He did state that he used to park his cars out there and thought he was ok because he spoke to the neighbor on the corner who said she didn’t mind him doing that.  The problem seems to be a non-issue now however because he did state that he got a permit for a lot and his cars will be there from now on.

Let me know if the cars reappear out there and I’ll follow-up accordingly.  Thanks for your help & keep in touch!


P.O. Michael Wheeler #2609 15th Dist Quality of Life Officer

No one was happy with this answer. Our next step is to pursue this through the State Police who are more vigilant with vehicle issues.

Wendy Clay, who had mentioned the ‘bandit signs’ last month had her own meeting at her house concerning these and had signs removed. They were replaced just as fast as she removed them. She contacted the business owner who told her he’ll do what he wants and that she shouldn’t call him anymore.

Residents who live over by Northwood Academy complained about the use of the ‘driveway’ by students’ parents when dropping off the kids. They did not contact Amy Hollister as was done in the past; I told them I would ask her if she could notify parents again.

Speakers were:

Carol Rogers from Healthy Philadelphia who is looking for support in getting a health center in the Northeast.

James Clay was present and gave out his office address and phone #.

Christopher Angeli, the owner of the Regal Ballroom was present and introduced himself.  He expressed interest in working with the neighborhood groups to help revitalize the business area on Oxford Ave which we all agreed is long overdue. He just finished a $500K remodeling of his building.

Harry Mearing from NW Security Patrol was there and spoke to residents about recent changes to the service. He is making plans to help increase business and sustain the service in the neighborhood.

Announcements: Northwood Park clean-up will be 9AM to 2PM Saturday March 16th. The civic will provide food and drinks for volunteers. Frank Bennett will step down as board member of the civic until his candidacy for judge is over. According to our by-laws he cannot sit on the board while running for any office. He will resume his post after he is elected  The Spring Yard Tree Program will commence on April 6th from 2PM to 4PM at the Second Baptist Church of Frankford; volunteers needed….contact



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TreePhilly is Back

The tree planting season is coming up and TreePhilly is ready to help.

-New features of this year’s giveaway
  • Philadelphians who pre-register will be able to choose which pick up event they want to attend.
  • Community groups with large private properties with a community use (ex: Faith-based institution, senior center) can register for up to 10 trees.
  • Free mulch will be available at most pick up events (for people who are picking up trees only)
  • Philadelphians who participate in the tree planting and care demonstration at the pick up day will receive a raffle ticket for a free tree watering bag (one ticket per address).
  • Residents with limited mobility can apply for free tree delivery and planting (limited spots available).
  • There will be a “left overs” day scheduled for late April (TBA) where residents can pick up extra trees (limited selection)
-Pick-up dates and locations
  • Sat. April 6th, 2-4pm, Second Baptist Church of Frankford (1801 Meadow St. 19124)
  • Sun. April 7th, 11am-1pm, New Kensington CDC Garden Center (1825 Frankford Ave. 19125)
  • Thurs. April 11th, 4:30-6:30pm, Haddington Library (446 N 65th St. 19151)
  • Sat. April 13th, 10am-12pm, Columbus Square Playground (1200 Wharton St. 19147)
  • Sat. April 13th, 10am-12pm, 1-3pm, and 3-5pm, Pennypack Environmental Center (8600 Verree Rd. 19115)
  • Sun. April 14th, 2-4pm, West Oak Lane Library (2000 Washington Lane, 19138)
  • Sat. April 20th, 12-2pm, Hunting Park Recreation Center (900 Hunting Park Ave. 19140)

Online registration is available here.  Follow this link for the paper registration form.