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.”

Here are the highlights of recent meeting held with CHOP as it pertains to the project at Broad and Morris:

Loss of Parking and Barrier/Site Fencing Installation

  • Starting on September 10, 2014 there will be no parking on the south side of Morris St. and the north side of Castle St., along the borders of the new project.
  • Starting on the morning of September 11, 2014, the existing construction fence will be modified (the bottom portion of the fencing will be a solid barrier, with the top portion a fencing) and relocated into the street, temporarily eliminating the parking lanes on the south side of Morris St. and the north side of Castle St., along the borders of the new project.
  • CHOP has already distributed letters letting the neighbors know this would be occurring, though not specifying the date. On September 8, CHOP will distribute letters to the houses across from the project reiterating the temporary loss of parking.

Demolition/Construction Timeline

  • Demolition Activities are scheduled to start on September 12, 2014 and will take approximately 4 weeks to complete.
  • The site will be flattened and then construction is scheduled to start in mid – October with foundations being the 1st construction activity.

Pest Control

  • Perryman, the Construction Manager for the project, is scheduling pest control for early next week, ahead of the start of demolition.

Cleanliness/Trash Removal

  • Perryman is responsible for the cleanliness of the site and for trash removal from the site and is arranging to have the existing trash on site removed. They will also maintain the site throughout construction.
  • There will be security cameras erected shortly along with signs that indicate the site is being monitored by cameras. This should help with people tossing their trash onto the site.

Future Communications

  • Please continue to use CHOPcommunity@email.chop.edu and 267-426-6904 for any question and concerns.
  • Questions of a technical nature will require time to respond.
  • RCOs will continue to use their email lists to communicate information relevant to the project.
  • Community Advisory Committee meetings will alternate sites for future meetings.
  • A doodle poll will be going out for our October meeting shortly.

Antique/Vintage Flea Market + Sidewalk Sale
Saturday, September 13, 8am-4pm (rain date September 14)
Parking Lot between Tasker & Morris
Shop from antique and vintage furniture, housewares, clothing, jewelry, knick knacks, memorabilia and more. This year there will also be hosting a sidewalk sale between Morris and Mifflin filled with Avenue retailers offering special sales.

epx-sidewalksale

A message from CHOP regarding the development at Broad and Morris:
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Dear Neighbor,

Planning is underway for site preparation and demolition of 1700 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19145.

We are committed to keeping our neighbors fully informed throughout this process. To that end, the following actions will be taking place starting Friday, June 27:

Security Guard:

A guard shack will be erected and a security guard will be on site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week starting on Friday morning June 27.

Construction Fence:

The construction fence will start to be erected around the perimeter of the site on Friday morning, June 27. This should be complete and the site secured by Tuesday afternoon, July 1.
Construction equipment on site associated with building the fence will consist of: a small drilling rig, construction/delivery trucks.
Abatement Activities:

Abatement activities are scheduled to start Monday morning, June 30.
All abatement will be performed in accordance with municipal, state, and federal law.
The windows and fascia of the Health Center will be removed to facilitate the abatement activities. A temporary plywood exterior wall will be built in front of the existing wall before this occurs.
Equipment on site associated with abatement activities are: air filtration devices (within building/enclosures), forklift, secured box trailer for loading waste, secured trash dumpster
Debris will be removed from the site each day.
Parking:

At this time, no street parking will be lost by the erection of the fence or the abatement activities.
The contractors will only park on the worksite.
SEPTA Stop, Subway Entrance and Newspaper Stand:

The SEPTA stop, subway entrance and newspaper stand will remain open.

Immediate questions or concerns regarding the site preparation and abatement will be responded to by:

Calling: 267-426-6904

Emailing: CHOPCommunity@email.chop.edu

This is a dedicated email set up for neighbors to communicate with CHOP during this process. We appreciate your feedback, and will continue to communicate further developments as the project moves forward.

Sincerely,

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

From Councilman Squilla:

Dear Friends:

As many of you know, summer can be a tough time for families with children in Philadelphia. During the school year, tens of thousands of low-income students rely on free or reduced-price meals at school. But when school is out, many of these children face higher risks of hunger and malnutrition during the summer months.

No child should go hungry in Philadelphia this summer. There are over 1,000 places—recreation centers, churches, community organizations, parks—that offer free meals to kids and teens.
Summer meals are free to kids 18 and under. There is no registration or ID required, and there are no income requirements in most areas of the city.

• To find a summer meals site near you:
Call the Philly Summer Meals Hotline: 1-855-252-MEAL, a free hotline operated by the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger
• Text “MealPA” to 877877
• Visit www.hungercoalition.org.

Please share this valuable information with families in your community. Together, we can ensure our children get the nutritious food they need, so they can stay healthy all summer long.

Sincerely,

Mark F. Squilla
Councilman First District