East Passyunk Crossing, Newbold Neighbors and Passyunk Square Civic Association are working together to host a yard tree giveaway this spring. Pre-register now for up to TWO free trees to plant in a yard on private property in Philadelphia. Choose between a variety of species – including fruit trees. Walk-in participants will be accepted at the end of each event while supplies last.

Event Details:

May 16, 10am-noon
Capitolo Playground
9th and Wharton Entrance

Register at HERE or by calling 267-420-0680

whole-shebang
The Whole Shebang is a new South Philly creative hub that offers classes, workshops and studio rental. Class offerings will represent a wide range of artmaking, from movement practices to herbalism to interdisciplinary arts. Shebang is co-founded by dance artist Meg Foley and visual artist Carmichael Jones and is home to Foley’s dance think tank moving parts and to private artist studios. A goal of The Whole Shebang is to employ teachers who are also artists to help keep the vibrant artistic community of Philadelphia fertile.

Classes currently offered include an African Movement Diaspora Series, Barre Fitness, Anti-Absolutist Yoga, Developmental Movement and much much more. We will also be hosting a range of international dance artists to teach/create in our space. Their works will be presented in a series of three performances during the spring, so keep your eyes peeled for more details about that!

Go to thewholeshebangphilly.com, to register for classes, workshops, buy tickets to a performance, or for more information.

What a successful event! Thanks to all who attended, contributed gravy and supplies and helped in any way.

The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote up a nice little piece about the day:

Red Gravy Fundraiser – Courtesy of Philly.com

It’s true that you didn’t have to come from South Philadelphia or be an ethnic Italian to win Sunday’s first-ever Red Gravy Cook-off, sponsored by the East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association. But there’s no doubt those qualities helped give contestants an edge.

South Philadelphia Italians were making and enjoying red gravy well before anyone came up with the name “East Passyunk Crossing” for the neighborhood around 10th and Morris. So, even if they do occasionally spike their gravies with a secret ingredient or two, they hold firm to the belief that “red gravy has to taste a certain way,” explained Mark Squilla, the local councilman and South Philadelphia native who served as one of the competition judges.

The cook-off, attended by more than 80 people, brought a wide cross-section of East Passyunk residents to the cafeteria at Neumann Goretti High School to sample seven variations of the traditional gravy. There were newcomers sporting Buffalo plaid and significant facial hair, but also plenty folks who have eaten red gravy every Sunday of their lives.

And all had strong opinions.

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Phase I Complete:

The process has begun!

On Friday, February 27th, six of the eight fabric panels were installed on the building. We are hoping the last two are put into place on Monday, March 2nd. This would complete Phase I of this exciting project.

Phase II would include the final panel being installed on the large window to the right of the main four. (see rendering here)

Phase III is still in the design process but will include other improvements to the building’s facade.

We still need your help!

Funds for the Phase II and III are still being raised. Help us clean up this prominent corner of our neighborhood. Donate here.

 

DONATE TO THE MIFFLIN SUBSTATION PROJECT

 

Phase I Photos

Photo by Lily Goodspeed @lilygoodspeed
Photo by Lily Goodspeed @lilygoodspeed

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In reference to Jim Kenney’s Mayoral candidacy:.

Is the candidate involved? For the members of the East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association, Jim Kenney is pretty much the man. Joseph F. Marino, co-chair of the group’s board of directors, said Kenney — a now-former at-large city councilman — attended the group’s first community meeting nine years ago and has had a presence ever since. Marino noted that Kenney often stays in the background and allows the neighbors to make decisions, but Marino recalled that after the association’s first organizing meeting, Kenney approached him and said: “I like your style. You’re like a benevolent dictator.”

What the neighborhood wants from its next mayor: Marino said members of the civic association and neighbors have expressed their biggest concern, and it’s not all that unique: Education.

“I don’t think there’s a Philadelphian who’s not concerned about how our education system is working,” Marino said. “Everything from grade schools and librarians to higher degrees, colleges students, graduates and doctoral degree students.”

He added that neighborhood members are also of course concerned with crime rates, trash, recycling and streets — “the same issues every citizen is concerned about” — but educations falls highest on that list.

Full article here.