EPX takes a trip down memory lane for an August “Meet and Greet” at Marra’s Cucina Italiana, 1734 E. Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19148. EPX is honored to have been invited to celebrate our August membership event at this fourth generation (like one of the EPX Co-Chairs) family owned and operated establishment opened in 1927. Marra’s is one of the oldest and finest Italian restaurants in South Philly! They have been good neighbors and a staple of the “Avenue” for over 80 years! Please mark your calendars for Tuesday August 12th @ 7:00 p.m. and join us in the upstairs dinning room for an array of home-made appetizers served family style with “old world” quality and contemporary flair! Donations at the door to EPX will be $10.00 and all are welcomed. So bring your neighbors, friends and family to join the EPX family at Marra’s where everybody is treated like family! Abbondanza!!! Visit Marra’s on the web at www.marras1.com

EPX is very excited to announce our June “Meet and Greet” will be held at Le Virtu (1927 East Passyunk Avenue) Tuesday June 17th. This first summer EPX social will be held at this beautiful trattoria with cuisine from the Abruzzo region of Italy. Owners Francis Cratil Cretarola and Catherine Lee are also long term members of EPX. So take this opportunity to sit back and relax with fellow EPX-ers and share a glass of vino, or two. The event, sponsored by our membership committee, begins at 7:00 PM. The $10.00 cover includes a lovely array of appetizers and there will be a cash bar. Also, feel free to check out their full menu and wine list at www.levirtu.com!

Everyone is welcome. Please feel free to pass this onto any of your neighbors, friends, and family that may be interested in attending.

The Board of Directors of EPX are excited to announce that our good neighbors at Conestoga Bank have awarded us a $1000.00 community grant. These funds will be earmarked for sustainability and operating expenses geared towards opening an EPX Corporate Office. Much appreciation to Michael Casey, Assistant Vice President of Conestoga and Branch Manger of the East Passyunk Avenue Financial Center. EPX is happy to welcome Mike to our General Membership meeting on Monday May 5th where the check will be presented!

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!

The April EPX General Membership meeting will be held on Monday April 7th from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Everyone is welcome.

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

This month’s presentation will be from Sts. John Neumann-Maria Goretti High School Principal – Patti Sticco

There will be a limited supply of printed agendas available at the meeting. It is encouraged that you download and print an agenda here and bring with you.

Please review February’s General Membership meeting minutes here for approval at this month’s meeting.

Questions or what to get involved e-mail us at www.epcrossing.org

At the February 4th’s General Membership meeting two special issues requiring active members to vote upon were introduced. These issues will be discussed and voted on at the March 3rd General Membership meeting

EPX Corporate Bylaws

The Board of Directors, through the Governance Committee, has reviewed EPX’s incorporation documents and have made several adjustments to our Corporate Bylaws. These changes are in keeping with the actual practices EPX has followed in the first 18 months of our existence. When the bylaws were written in Summer of 2006 many of the actual functions of EPX had not yet occurred. Templates, provided by the city and other civics, we used as “boiler plate” and tailored to what was expected at EPX. Now having lived with the document for a while we see where a few simple changes would facilitate clearer understanding of the bylaws and truer reflection of the officer’s and association’s actions.

Note: The proposed bylaw changes are indicated in red font in the document located here (link also found on the ‘About and Contact’ page of the web site). Changes have been made to the following: Article II, 1; Article IV, 9; Article V, 5; and Article X, 2.

EPX Boundaries
In addition, the boundaries of the association have come under review. The Board is requesting the membership expand our borders east to Eighth Street. Traditionally the area that is now EPX has had a number of names, however one item which has been consistent, from a historic city planning and parish boundaries perspective, has been that the eastern most border was Eighth Street. Both LoMo, the civic to our south and Passyunk Square, the civic to our north extend at least to Eighth Street with their eastern borders. In addition, a majority of the Board felt that when dealing with gentrifying neighborhoods it is always better to have more stable areas extend and incorporate them, rather than allowing less stable elements to encroach into established environs.

EPX was notified today that we have been named a recipient of a Beneficial Bank Community Service Grant. EPX will receive $500.00 towards our Town Watch activities, primarily to implement both “dog-walkers” and “cyclists” patrols. The funds will be used to market, recruit and insure members who are willing to participate in these regularly scheduled patrols. Details to follow. The Board of Directors of EPX are most grateful to one of our own Donna Russo Gallagher, Assistant Treasurer, at Beneficial Bank’s 2037 S. Broad Street Financial Center who expedited the grant and to all who participated in writing and submitting the grant application!