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.

Read Full Article

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.

The street will be closed for water line installation for the the CHOP project:

Dear Neighbor,

Due to installation of water lines by the Philadelphia Water Department, effective January 5, 2015 until

February 5, 2015, Morris Street (from 15th Street to Board Street) will be closed.

Temporarily, parking will not be allowed during this period. Existing sidewalk access will remain. As the

work progresses every attempt will be made to allow vehicle passage as long as the safety of the general

public and contractors is not compromised. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact CHOP at CHOPcommunity@email.chop.edu

or 267-426-6904. We will continue to communicate developments as the work moves forward.

Sincerely,

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

From the South Philly Review:

Representatives from the Philadelphia Access Center, 1832 S. 11th St., and the East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association teamed with United Healthcare, 1900 S. Broad St., Nov. 24 to package and distribute 100 free Thanksgiving meals.

Board Member and Education Committee Chair, Beth Dougherty, was just named one of only 25 “Difference Makers” in the South Philly Review! Congratulation Beth!

Click here to see it online.

Beth

Building booster

By Bill Chenevert

Beth Dougherty is another community member who’s putting a lot of time in a school building where she doesn’t even have a child. And, in a time of career transition, she just may have found her new passion. “This has become the most important social issue to me. I’ve always been a big supporter of public schools,” Dougherty, the Chair of the East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association’s Education Committee, said. She’s frustrated about the way public discourse slanders public school buildings and teachers and Southwark School, where her efforts tend to focus, is an example of the opposite of this unfounded notion.

“The public schools have this rotten reputation and that the teachers don’t care and that everyone’s apathetic,” she said, regrettably.

And she’s been in the building quite a bit lately and is more than willing to show neighborhood families that this is simply not the case.

“[Southwark] is really just an amazing place. The kids are amazing and it’s really kind of beautiful. Public schools really are places where kids want to learn and teachers want to teach them and the feeling is just really positive – you get a positive feeling when you walk into Southwark, and I will take anyone on a tour of the building at any time,” she said.

One of the things she’s most excited about is an incoming playground at Southwark for which the Community Design Collaborative has already whipped up plans. They’ve created “gorgeous renderings and then we’ll go out and start hustling to raise the money to fund the build,” she said, “it’s probably $1 million.” “There’s not really a park space in our neighborhood so we’re hoping that it’s going to be this amazing space – an outdoor learning space, gardens, a playground. We’re really hoping that the park can be open to the community,” she said, and noted that some neighbors have requested a walking track around the perimeter of the school.

The resident of the 1700 block of South 10th Street is a Temple Law grad who moved to Philly from New York City about 22 years ago.

“The reason I got involved at Southwark is this huge influx of younger couples in the neighborhood,” she said, and seemed excited to report that although the EPX educational efforts have focused on Southwark, “we’re now also starting to work with St. Anthony of Padua – we’re going to be holding a fundraiser later in the year to support their athletic program,” she said. But about Southwark, she’s inspired by its building leader, too: “We’re so lucky to have Andrew [Lukov] as a principal and he’s been so inclusive and amazing.”