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.

The November 2009 EPX General Membership meeting will be held on Monday, November 2, from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Everyone is welcome.

Presentation by the PECO Wind Energy.

The meeting will be held at the St. Agnes Continuing Care Center (Broad and McKean Streets) in the auditorium. Ask the front desk for directions.

Have any questions? E-mail us at contact @


Call to Order – Joseph
Approval of Agenda
Approval of  June & September minutes

Officer Reports
Board of Director Co-Chair – Joseph
Board of Director Co-Chair – Darren
Recording Secretary – Jo
Corresponding Secretary – Melody
Treasurer – Millie
Standing Committee Reports
Clean & Green – Tim
Membership & Events – Kathy
Grants/Finance – Beth
Public Safety – Edwin
Zoning/Planning –  Margaret
At-Large Board Member Reports

Old Business
Art Auction
Cavaliere Memorial Concert
Holiday Charitable Giving

Order of the Day – PECO Wind Energy.

New Business

EPA BID Update
Passyunk Avenue Corridor Mural



Who is Jack O’Lantern?

The tradition of pumpkin carving began in Ireland, where people carved scary faces into turnips on All Hallows’ Eve. But why are these creepy carvings called jack-o’-lanterns? Well, dear reader, therein lies a tale … the tale of Stingy Jack. The Irish say that Stingy Jack was a drunk and a trickster. He even fooled the devil— more than once—to save his dark soul from eternal damnation. Indeed, one time Jack tricked the devil, who was about to take Jack to the netherworld, into climbing a tree to pick him an apple—a last
meal, if you will. While the devil was up the tree, Jack placed crosses around it so the devil could not come
down until he promised not to carry Jack off to hell. When Jack died, his wicked ways caused St. Peter to send him away
from the gates of heaven. The devil, however, kept his word and prevented Jack’s entrance into hell. Instead, he sent Jack off to roam the earth for eternity, with only a glowing coal ember placed inside a carved-out turnip to light his way. He became known as Jack of the Lantern, and then Jack O’Lantern. Throughout Ireland, and then Scotland and England, people carved their own lanterns to keep Stingy Jack away on All Hallows’ Eve, when the dead walk among us. They used homegrown produce such as turnips, potatoes and beets. When they came to the United States in the 18th and 19th
centuries, they found a better canvas for Jack’s lantern—the pumpkin.

The Board of Directors and the membership of EPX are happy to welcome PA State Representative William F. Keller as our first presenter for 2009-2010!  Mr. Keller was instrumental in donating funds, during our first year, for EPX to “re-green” Tolentine Community Center and he has supported our Spring EPX-travaganza community fair, annually.  This is an opportunity for EPX members to thank Bill and to ask him a few questions, time permitting, after his update on his hard work in the PA legislature on behalf of the good people of South Philadelphia.

(NB Mr. Keller’s presenation may be preempted by his need to be in Harrisburg on official business)

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies is sponsoring PhilaPlace! A project for organizations with interesting Philly stories to share.  The Balch Institute in launching PhilaPlace, an interactive website that connects stories to places across time in Philly’s neighborhoods to create an enduring record of the city’s heritage.  PhilaPlace will feature text, audio and video clips, photos, historical documents, and maps.  Members of the Board of EPX recently spent hours sorting and archiving records towards this end and to create a permanent record of the association!  EPX in collaborate with other institutions, community organizations, and individuals will share in telling the history and culture of Philadelphia neighborhoods. 

Some of the guiding questions the EPX archives submission will include, when completed, are:

  • What and who is your organization?
  • What is its history and when did it begin?
  • Where are you located and how long have you been at this location? 
  • Share a particular story about your organization’s relationship to the neighborhood or an event that involves your org. that contributes to the fabric of the neighborhood’s story.  Provide who, what, where, when details.

Look to this website, in the near future, for more info., go to:

The EPX Board of Directors wishes to acknowledge a grant of $250.00 from the WECCACOE CDC.  WECCACOE is the Community Development Corporation that holds 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. EPX will put this money towards our next mailing. Special thanks to EPX Co-Chair Joseph F. Marino and Grants Committee Chair Beth Dougherty for following up on this opportunity.