From the Philadelphia Streets Department:

WEATHER UPDATE – February 17, 2014
Due to the pending snow storm expected to begin early Tuesday, February 18, Sanitation trucks will be diverted to snow operations. Tuesday trash and recycling collections will be suspended. Residents whose collection day is Tuesday must hold their collections until next week. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank citizens in advance for their patience. The forecast snow accumulations will require Sanitation trucks to fitted with plows to assist with snow.

Monday collections that were not collected will be picked up on Wednesday, February 19. Crews had difficulty maneuvering over snow mounds and had to prepare Sanitation trucks to be outfitted with plows for Tuesday’s storm.

Effective for the week of February 17th:

Monday collections that were not collected will be picked up on Wednesday, February 19.
Tuesday trash and recycling collections will be suspended. Residents whose collection day is Tuesday must hold their collections until next week.
Rear driveway collections are suspended.
Crews will NOT operate on a holiday schedule. Sanitation crews will be collecting items on Monday, Feb. 17th. Residents whose regular trash day is Monday should set these items out for collection on Monday at curbside.
Materials should be placed on top of snow mounds and visible for crews to see.
Sanitations crews will strive to maintain the regular collections schedule (with all materials placed curbside). We ask residents for their patience as crews navigate through snow and ice.

Redfin, a popular real estate website, just released a report of the hottest neighborhoods in the country.

From Redfin:

As we usher in the new real estate season at Redfin, a big question on our minds is: Which neighborhoods will be the darlings of 2014? In search of answers, we went to our website users, tallying hundreds of millions of pages they visited and homes they added as Favorites to monitor for price changes or sales. At the same time we asked hundreds of Redfin real estate agents across the country to share their insights on which neighborhoods are buzzing and why.

Whipping up this special cocktail of big data analysis and real-life human experience, we assembled our list of neighborhoods with the greatest growth in popularity over the last four months.

We are proud to share that East Passyunk Crossing was named third hottest neighborhood in the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area!

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Homes in our little corner of South Philadelphia have seen an increase in pageviews of over 500% compared to this time last year on the Redfin site. That is pretty impressive.

Click here to read the full report.

Many residents in our neighborhood will see a significant increase in their 2014 property tax thanks to the Actual-value Initiative (AVI). However, if you meet certain requirements involving the length of time you’ve lived in your home and your income, you may qualify for relief from the Longtime Owner Occupants Program (LOOP).

From the City’s website:

We have seen many positive changes to our neighborhoods. And with those changes some home values have risen, causing some longtime homeowners to face potentially steep increases in their tax bills. Homeowners with substantial changes in their property assessment may qualify for a discount on Real Estate Taxes with the Longtime Owner Occupants Program (LOOP).

Check if your home qualifies for LOOP and how much you can save.

Read more here.

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Thursday, December 5, 5-9pm
EPA & Tasker

PARC and EPABID celebrate the annual lighting of the Christmas Tree at 5pm at the Singing Fountain with carolers from Alphabet Academy, music by students from Andrew Jackson School, a visit from Santa Claus, and free food/drink samples from Avenue restaurants. At 7pm kick off our “Deck the Ave” holiday promotion and stroll down the Avenue for holiday music, shopping til 9pm, dinner and drink specials, and more.

For a list of dining deals and shopping promotions, click here.

Fountain Tree

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Saturday, November 30.

Avoid the chaos of the mall and big-box stores this year by doing your shopping on East Passyunk Avenue! For a list of all the of the special running for Small Business Saturday, click here.

BONUS!
If you’re a member of the South Philly Food Co-op you can get even more savings at participating stores. Check out the food co-op’s Shop South Philly program here.

Download newsletter here.

East Passyunk Crossing Civic
Association Co-Sponsors English As A
Second Language Program

Anna Reed, Chair of Outreach and Events of
East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association (pictured
with ESL students below), recently paid a visit to one of
United Communities’ English As A Second Language
programs.
EPX is a proud co-sponsor of the program providing
much needed books and learning materials for the
students. Anna stated, “East Passyunk Crossing Civic
Association (EPX) has made it a priority to include and
help everyone in our community. Part of what makes our
neighborhood so vibrant and strong is the large immigrant
population, so sponsoring an ESL class seems like a
perfect fit for us. Foreign languages have always been a
passion of mine so it was fun to see learning from the
other side. The students were all enthusiastic and the
teacher kept the class moving forward and based in real
life situations. What I enjoyed most about my visit was
seeing the students help each other. This resonated with
me because it seemed to exemplify what EPX is about:
working and helping each other achieve a common goal.”

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