Giving Thanks! Each year, at this time, the Board of EPX through the generosity of our membership and area businesses, works to complete our annual charitable giving campaign!  Donations are tax deductable as EPX is a 501(c)(3) exempt charitable organization! Donations may also be made at the November and December General Membership meetings or through the Paypal link on this website.EPX donations start, each year, with a gift to a local area food bank. The Philadelphia Access Center (PAC) at 11th & Mifflin Streets supplies turkeys to over a dozen neighbors in our area and EPX provides the rest of their Thanksgiving dinner.  Everything from salad to cranberry sauce, stuffing to green beans, mashed potatoes to gravy…and more.  The hard work of gathering donations, shopping and delivering these items falls to our Treasurer Millie Ruffino, our Recording Secretary Jo Cardillo and Marketing/Events Chair Pat Pitt.  Let’s give these ladies a great big round of applause!!!

Want to live on a cleaner block? Would you like your storefront to become a Litter-Free Zone?

It’s time to take the pledge.

Contact us about how we can work together to un-litter your block or storefront and show our neighborhood a little respect.

Join us on Saturday, October 15, from 10 am to 1 pm as we join with several local civics and City agencies to officially launch the UnLitter Us initiative in our neighborhood and give our neighborhood a little TLC in the form of a good old fashioned cleanup.

Block captains, be sure to invite all residents on your block!Please help spread the word to your neighbors! Contact us to request promotional postcards or flyers.The UnLitter Us South Philly Launch is hosted by: East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association, South Broad Street Neighborhood Association, Lower Moyamensing Civic Association, Newbold Civic Association, Newbold Neighbors Association, Passyunk Square Civic Association, South Philadelphia High School, and the South Philly Review.***In partnership with: The Philadelphia Streets Department, Keep Philadelphia Beautiful, RecycleBank and the Department of Licenses and Inspection. 

EPX will be present, in force, when 3rd District Police Captain Weaver calls a meeting on Thursday, October 7th @ 6:00 p.m. Our Lady Of Mount Carmel School, 2329 S. 3rd Street!

Captain Weaver will address recent criminal activity in his district and other issues of great concern to the safety and well-being of our neighborhood, please make every effort to attend!

Neighbors, EPX is seeking your involvement and support in an exciting and ongoing project that we are undertaking in partnership with the East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District (EPABID) and a local city planning and consulting firm called Planning Collective to “Reclaim Concrete” at the intersection of Passyunk, 12th and Morris. Currently a confusing and somewhat chaotic intersection, the idea is to convert unused portions of the intersection into more attractive pedestrian space, while simultaneously making it easier for motorists to navigate.

Some of you may already be familiar with ‘Reclaim Concrete’ from last week’s Flavors of the Avenue festival, where Planning Collective members were out meeting neighbors, gathering early feedback, and sharing success stories from other cities that have re-imagined similar intersections. Once grant money is in hand, Planning Collective will facilitate a community design process to determine how to program the space and what elements the neighborhood would most like to see.

Before that happens, we need to win the grant, and this is where you come in. We are seeking $50,000 for the project through Pepsi’s online grant program Refresh Everything. Pepsi is giving away a total of $20 million in 2010 to good ideas through the voter-driven program. Each month, money is awarded based on public online voting open to all U.S. residents. Voting for the East Passyunk Avenue project starts May 1st and U.S. residents can vote once a day through May 31 here. Our idea must be within the top 10 in the $50k category to receive the grant.

There is a short video about the project on Planning Collective’s website which you can watch here. We’ll be in touch throughout the month of May with occasional updates, and Planning Collective staff will be attending our meeting this Monday 5/3 to answer questions to briefly explain the project concept, answer any questions you may have, and explain the ways you can help get the vote out. We hope you’re excited to imagine the possibilities at this intersection and help us win this necessary funding.

Happy Voting!

Please join the EPX Clean + Green Committee on Saturday, April 24th in planting dozens of street trees in our neighborhood.

We will meet at 8:30 am at the South Phila High School parking lot (on South Broad Street) where we will organize into teams and then disperse to tree planting locations.  The planting should take approximately 3-4 hours.

We will provide a light breakfast and all the tools required (including tree specialists) to get these trees in the ground.

As we still need another 20 volunteers, please join us for EPX’s first community tree planting event. After the planting join your neighbors at Flavors of the Avenue for discounted price w/ a “Tree Planter Volunteer Card” (limited number available!) and/or walk over and have a few drinks and some great Tex-Mex food specials at Adobe Cafe 1919 E. Passyunk Ave!

This planting will be organized in coordination with four other adjacent civic associations, who are combining resources to plant over one hundred trees throughout South Philly.

Join EPX on Sunday October 5th as we sponsor a table at The St. Nicholas Italian Festival! The event, which closes the neighborhood’s Catholic church autumn celebrations, begins at noon with a procession of the saints. The day continues with games, fine food, live music and fireworks ending the event at 9:00 p.m. EPX will staff our table from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00p.m.  Learn the dates and times of our next scheduled clean-ups, membership meetings, town watch walks and other activities.  Sign up as a NEW MEMBER AND BE ENTERED IN TO A FREE RAFFLE, become a Block Captain and get TWO FREE RAFFLE TICKETS! Find out what EPX can do for each of us as a community, and what you can do to help EPX in our efforts to improve our already wonderful neighborhood.  Come out and support your civic association!!!

Just an average Saturday for most of us in EPX; sleeping late, running to Black and Brew for java, shopping, walking the dog etc. Well let me tell you the Board of EPX was on the streets of the ‘hood doing our membership proud!

– Some board members were busy cleaning out the new proposed EPX office space.

– Some board members were busy cleaning up our new eastern boundary of 8th street from Tasker to Snyder.

– Some board members were busy staffing the EPX table at the EPA BID Flavors of the Avenue event.

Hats off to all our hard working volunteers, especially those leading by example!