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White House Community Partnership Summit in Philadelphia, PA on Friday, March 2, 2012. 

ISSUE AREA HIGHLIGHTS – Jobs/Economy, Livable Communities, Healthcare and Education

The White House Office of Public Engagement and the General Services Administration are planning a daylong community partnership summit for Friday, March 2, 2012 to take place at Penn’s Annenberg Center for Performing Arts. The objective of the summit is to build stronger relationships with community leaders, share information about policies that are important to the region, and encourage Administration-community collaboration to address local issues. GSA Administrator Martha Johnson and Department of Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan are scheduled to attend. Additional information on the event can be found here.

EPX has received a large donation from St. Edmond’s Bank.
Thanks to the work of our Grants/Finance committee, and EPX co-chair Joseph F. Marino. The grant award was in the amount of $1500.00!

This money will be used to complete repairs and refurbishing of the NEW EPX Offices at 1729 S. 11th Street.

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1st District Councilmanic “Candidate’s Night!”

Mark the date for Thursday April 14, 7:00 p.m. for a 1st  Councilmanic District “Candidate’s Night!” The membership of EPX join with the Central South Philadelphia Civic Association Alliance (East of Broad) and others. The event will be held in the auditorium of Ss. John Neumann & Maria Goretti High School 11th & Moore Streets. Parking is FREE!

The EPX Board of Directors wishes to acknowledge a grant of $150.00 from the Weccacoe CDC.  Weccacoe is the Community Development Corporation that has EPX, and many other civic associations, within their boundaries.  The State of Pennsylvania makes minor funds available to each CDC for the purpose of subsidizing limited administrative activity of civic associations. EPX will put this money towards postage. Special thanks to EPX Co-Chair Joseph F. Marino and Corresponding Secretary Melody Damis for following up on this opportunity.

The board of EPX, through our Clean & Green and Grants/Finance committees, has secured tens of thousands in funding to green our neighborhood.

Please join the EPX Clean + Green Committee on Saturday, Nov. 21 in planting 32 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.

This planting will be organized in coordination with four other adjacent civic associations, who are combining resources to plant a total of 160 trees throughout South Philly.

For more information, please feel free to contact Tim at 215-806-6586.

A Department of Commerce and Economic Development (DCED) grant for $20,000 was awarded for the project at Ss. Neumann-Goretti High School.  Work on the Neumann-Goretti plan began on October 20th and volunteers from EPX and the school’s “Green Team” began major planting the weekend of November 7-8!  A “pocket park” with initial limited public access will be created on 10th street at Moore and over 25 trees, street & yard, will be planted in the next year. Future ideas include a butterfly garden, water permeating blacktop and a small area for community gardening are on the wish-list!

Plus another $25,000 grant from the Philadelphia Commerce Department for a number of planters, bike rakes, and other benefits for Passyunk Avenue from Broad to Federal Streets.