Saturday April 6th you are invited to help clean up East Passyunk Crossing. Neighbors will meet at the community garden for coffee, pastries, and instructions and then we’ll hit the streets with brooms and shovels to pick up trash around Mifflin, 7th, McKean, and 8th streets, as well as smaller streets in between. This is a family friendly event, and a great way to make an impact in your neighborhood.

Some Fall Cleanup Volunteers

Calling all volunteers! Are you a resident of EPX and looking for a way to get involved, besides buying a ticket? We need your help to make this popular event a success!  It will take a lot of hands pitching in to set up the space from the serving line to the tables, and then volunteers to serve gravy, sell tickets, bus and clean, and finally break it all down. Sign up here to let us know how you can help day of. 

We’re also accepting donations of baked goods. We’re happy to have a donation of a tray your favorite local pastry shop cookies or a pan of homemade brownies. Fill out this form to let us know what kind of sweet treat you plan to bring to the event

Some of the 2018 Dessert Offerings donated by neighbors

Taking place Sunday, March 31st, 2019, from 4-6pm at Ss. Neumann and Goretti High School (1736 S 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19148), adult tickets are only $20. Children 12 and under are free.

Admission will get you samples of each 10 competing sauces, as well as a full serving of the gravy of your choice over macaroni cooked by Mama Maria herself, as well as vegan meatballs from Triangle Tavern.

You will also get complimentary bread from New York Bakery, salad, beverages, cold-brew coffee from Rival Brothers, and a homemade dessert buffet.

Those who are 21+ get a sample from Chaddsford Winery with additional glasses and bottles available for purchase.

Tickets

Taking place Sunday, March 31st, 2019, from 4-6pm at Ss. Neumann and Goretti High School (1736 S 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19148), a $20 ticket gets you entry to this popular local event celebrating the Italian heritage of the neighborhood.

Featuring 10 homemade gravies from local home cooks, the price of admission features samples of each competing sauce as well as a full serving of your choice over macaroni cooked by Mama Maria herself, as well as vegan meatballs from Triangle Tavern.

Visitors will also get complimentary bread, salad, beverages, coffee and desert, all while enjoying musical entertainment. Libations will be available for purchase, as well as 50/50 raffle tickets. Sample all the gravies and then vote for the Crowd Favorite, and local figures including Mama Maria, Larry Farnese, Elizabeth Fiedler, and Mark Squilla will award the Judges Choice.

Children 12 and under are free. Buy your tickets today before they sell out!

Tickets
The 2018 Red Gravy Cook-Off samples

It’s finally back! The very popular EPX Red Gravy Cook-Off is now accepting entrants for the 2019 competition. You could be one of ten contestants to compete for the chance of taking home one of two prizes – Crowd Favorite or Judge’s Choice.

Taking place Sunday, March 31st, 2019, from 4-6pm at Ss. Neumann and Goretti High School, this event is a chance for residents to celebrate the heritage and traditions of the neighborhood. Be part of the action by entering to submit your homemade gravy to be judged and enjoyed by all.  

To enter, you will need to prepare approximately 3 gallons of homemade red sauce that is either vegetarian, meat, or seafood. Only ten entrants will be accepted; please register here.

Last year #2018RedGravyCookoff winner Laura Valenti took home BOTH Judge’s Choice and Crowd Favorite and the accompanying cash prizes.

Help us collect donations for Prevention Point Philadelphia!

As some of you have seen on your way to the subway or shopping on Broad Street, the opioid crisis is hitting close to home, right at Broad and Snyder. There are ways you can help those affected by this horrible epidemic. One is through a donation to Prevention Point! For those of you unfamiliar with Prevention Point, it is a local organization dedicated to ‘harm reduction’ – which aims to reduce the harm associated with drug use in people unable or unwilling to stop.  Prevention Point offers many free resources to those in need, such as a syringe exchange program (which helps prevent the spread of HIV and Hepatitis), HIV/HCV testing, medical clinics, legal clinics, and even shelter and meals. Prevention Point also provides overdose reversal training to teach organizations, providers, and community members how to properly use Narcan to save lives. For cities such as Philadelphia, organizations like Prevention Point play an important role by serving some of the most vulnerable members of society.  Numerous medical and professional organizations have studied syringe exchange and concluded that it is a highly effective way to prevent the spread of HIV and does not encourage drug use. It also creates a point of contact to link people who use drugs and sex workers with treatment, medical care, legal advocacy, housing, job training and other social services. For our annual charitable giving, we will be collecting physical items from the list below, as well as monetary donations, which will be given to Prevention Point in January.  A donation box will be located in the main lobby of the East Passyunk Crossing Recreation Center on the corner of 11th and Mifflin.
  • Toiletries (travel size preferred)
  • Gloves
  • Scarves
  • Hats
  • Feminine Products
  • Coats and Sweaters
Please consider donating to our cause – any amount will help!  (when donating via PayPal, please add a note that it is for Prevention Point) To learn more about Prevention Point www.ppponline.org

Autumn came suddenly this year, and after all the heat it’s nice to finally be in sweater weather! Fall is one of our busiest seasons in East Passyunk Crossing – we’ve already hosted a number of events but there’s still more in store, including our fall neighborhood cleanup and our fall street tree planting. Read up on what work our committees are doing, and please join in on our upcoming events!

General Meeting:
Board elections are fast approaching. If you have attended three General Meetings this year, you are both eligible to vote for and run for the 2019 EPX Board. You should have recently received an email from our Elections Committee Chair if you are eligible to vote and/or if you are eligible to be nominated – if you haven’t, please reach out to contact@epcrossing.org.

The next EPX General Meeting will be Monday, November 5th at 7PM at the East Passyunk Community Center at 1025 Mifflin Street. The meeting will feature presentations by Prevention Point and the Philadelphia Police Department – 3rd District about the important work they’re doing in our community.

Volunteers at the Fall Yard Tree Giveaway

Beautification:
Our Beautification Committee has been busy! October saw a successful yard tree give away, with nearly 60 trees finding new homes in the city. This Saturday, November 3rd will be our Fall Street Clean Up. We’ll be cleaning 7th Street, from Snyder to Tasker. Meet at the EPX Community Garden (on Watkins Street between 10th and 11th Streets) for coffee and pastries at 9:30am, and we’ll hand out supplies and then head to 7th Street as a group.

Our Fall Street Tree Planting will be Saturday, November 17th and we would love to have your help! Meet at 9:30am at the EPX Community Garden for training and refreshments, then join a team of tree tenders in greening our neighborhood. If you are interested in having a FREE street tree in front of your home, the deadline for the spring tree planting is November 27th – please submit an application here.

The next Beautification meeting is Thursday, November 8th at 7:30pm at the East Passyunk Community Center. We hope to see you there!

Education:
Are you in the Southwark catchment? Southwark Elementary hosts open houses for prospective parents every third Thursday at 9am. Meet at the main office for a tour of the school and to speak to the principal and community school liaison. The School Advisory Council meeting is Monday, November 5th at 8:45AM in the Auditorium. October saw the unveiling of the new front community space, featuring seating and planters constructed by community members supported by Mural Arts and Basurama. Friends of Southwark / EPX Education’s next meeting is Tuesday, November 20th at 7pm at the East Passyunk Community Center.Events:Our online auction is fast approaching. Look to support your civic while also bidding on unique experiences at local businesses. Featuring items that will make one-of-a-kind holiday gifts, experiences, or personal indulgence. Proceeds will directly benefit the civic and allow us to fund our outreach events and neighborhood initiatives. The auction will begin Small Business Saturday November 24th and will end Sunday December 9th.

Upcoming Events:
November General Membership Meeting – Monday, November 5, 7:00pm at the East Passyunk Community Center at 1025 Mifflin Street.

Fall Clean Up – Saturday, November 3rd, 9:30am. Meet at the EPX Community Garden (on Watkins St. between 10th & 11th Streets) and then we’ll head over to 7th Street.

Fall Street Tree Planting – Saturday, November 17th, 9:30am. Meet at the EPX Community Garden (on Watkins St. between 10th & 11th Streets) and then we’ll head out to plant street trees in the neighborhood!

Upcoming Committee Meetings:
Education – Tuesday November 20th, 7pm.
Zoning – Wednesday November 15th at 7pm.
Beautification – Thursday November 8th at 7:30pm.
Events – TBD