Neighbors, EPX is seeking your involvement and support in an exciting and ongoing project that we are undertaking in partnership with the East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District (EPABID) and a local city planning and consulting firm called Planning Collective to “Reclaim Concrete” at the intersection of Passyunk, 12th and Morris. Currently a confusing and somewhat chaotic intersection, the idea is to convert unused portions of the intersection into more attractive pedestrian space, while simultaneously making it easier for motorists to navigate.

Some of you may already be familiar with ‘Reclaim Concrete’ from last week’s Flavors of the Avenue festival, where Planning Collective members were out meeting neighbors, gathering early feedback, and sharing success stories from other cities that have re-imagined similar intersections. Once grant money is in hand, Planning Collective will facilitate a community design process to determine how to program the space and what elements the neighborhood would most like to see.

Before that happens, we need to win the grant, and this is where you come in. We are seeking $50,000 for the project through Pepsi’s online grant program Refresh Everything. Pepsi is giving away a total of $20 million in 2010 to good ideas through the voter-driven program. Each month, money is awarded based on public online voting open to all U.S. residents. Voting for the East Passyunk Avenue project starts May 1st and U.S. residents can vote once a day through May 31 here. Our idea must be within the top 10 in the $50k category to receive the grant.

There is a short video about the project on Planning Collective’s website which you can watch here. We’ll be in touch throughout the month of May with occasional updates, and Planning Collective staff will be attending our meeting this Monday 5/3 to answer questions to briefly explain the project concept, answer any questions you may have, and explain the ways you can help get the vote out. We hope you’re excited to imagine the possibilities at this intersection and help us win this necessary funding.

Happy Voting!

The May EPX Marketing and Events Committee meeting will be held on Monday, May 24 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Everyone, especially NEW MEMBERS, are welcome.

TOPICS: EPX Tour of Homes, NEW EPX T-shirt logo design, Summer “Meet & Greets” and June’s Brunch in the Garden and MORE!

The meeting will be held at the EPX Office 1940 S.13th Street.

Have any questions or want to get involved? Email us at contact @ membership@epcrossing.org

SNAP …Snyder Avenue Project! Joint effort of EPX & LOMO. Please plan to join EPX and our neighbors Lower Moyomensing Civic Association on Saturday May 22 to clean Synder Ave!
Members of each group will band together starting at 10 a.m. at Southern High School for a very light breakfast and then on to sweeping both sides of our mutual border.  SAVE THE DATE! Residents & business owners are invited to participate in this event and learn about ways that we can all work together to improve this major neighborhood corridor in partnership with the City of Philadelphia, Keep Philadelphia Beautiful, and local non-profits. All supplies provided. A lite picnic lunch to follow cleanup!

Come out and help us plan for our free library’s future at the “Libraries of the Future” Public Forum on Thursday, May 20th, 6:15-8:30 at Goretti High School, 1736 S. 10th St., 19148.  

You are invited to share your ideas and discuss a variety of subjects, such as how you use your library today, how these services can be improved and what your vision is for the future of the 54 branch Free Library system. 

These fun and friendly forums will be led by Jennifer Livingston Huber, organizational facilitator and founder of Shift LLC. Ms. Huber has assisted many local and national businesses and non-profits reach their goals by engaging audiences in focused conversation. “Participants will get to envision their ideal library and work together to create an actual image of their vision,” said Huber.

“Our goal is to provide a positive and productive environment in which we can converse with our neighbors and turn the page on the public’s view of library services,” said Amy Dougherty, Director of the Friends of the Free Library of Philadelphia.  “By taking an active and progressive part in planning for the Free Library system’s future, the public-at-large, along with our Friends Groups, become crucial participants in its future.”

For more information call 215-567-4562 or go to our website: www.libraryfriends.info

MANY, MANY THANKS TO ALL THE VOLUNTEERS AND ATTENDEES, BOTH NON-PROFIT & CORPORATE WHO MADE OUR DAY A HUGH SUCCESS!!! SPECIAL THANKS TO THE BUSINESS WHO PROVIDED THE 80+ ITEMS FOR OUR BASKET RAFFLE, LOOK FOR A HYPERLINK TO A LIST OF THEIR NAMES, ETC, AND OUR OTHER SPONSORS LISTED IN THE BODY OF THIS POST!!!! – The Board & Members of EPX

LIST OF BASKET RAFFLE DONORS

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for Saturday May 8th for the 4th Annual EPXtravaganza!!!

Our yearly community fair will highlight many local and regional non-profit organizations offering advice and insight for neighbors.

All your other favorites will be there. as well,  including: our plant sale, our bake sale, kids activities INCLUDING a Ball Pit and Moon Bounce donated by Alphabet Aquarium!

PLUS THE EPX WORLD FAMOUS basket raffle!

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION…This year the EPXtravaganza moves to the PPA parking lot in the 1600 block of E. Passyunk Avenue! Secure your vendor space for our Yard Sale!

OUR YARD IS FULL! EPX has exceeded the number of spaces for our Yard Sale, if your check was postmarked before 4/27 we will honor your request. ALL others will be placed on a waiting list and notified on Wednesday 5/5 of availability or your check will be returned. Thanks for the outstanding support!!!

Registration form available here

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Participating businesses include: