Sunday December 2nd will see hundreds of neighborhood activists throughout the city gathering at the close of the Great Expectations: Philadelphia the Next Great City study process. Over a year ago, The Philadelphia Inquirer and the University of Pennsylvania began asking citizens what the next mayor and city council should look like. In addition they wanted our thoughts about the hopes and fears, pluses and minuses of the city. EPX, along with dozens of other civic groups, has participated in this study and now the final agenda is set to be presented to Mayor-elect Micheal Nutter and others. Several crucial items are to be discussed including taxes, poverty, education, crime, the environment etc., BUT the one that most effects EPX, and perhaps South Philly as a hole, may be Neighborhoods in Flux. So here is that part of the agenda and note that members of our Board of Directors will participate in the creation of this final component of Great Expectations and in civic concerns beyond it.

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Ideas from citizen forums

Council of neighborhoods:
Convene, with foundation help, a citywide coalition of civic group leaders. This would serve as a vehicle for these leaders to exchange tips, expertise, concerns and warnings – and to mobilize jointly to lobby city government about opportunities or threats. A particular focus would be on established groups from well-off neighborhoods sharing resources with groups in challenged neighborhoods.

Civic dialogue:
Convene forums where newcomers and long-time residents can discuss concerns in a non-crisis environment, and get solid information about taxes, policies and trends affecting their neighborhoods.

Fair competition:
Set up a fair, transparent system for civic groups to compete for federal, state and city grants and aid for community improvement. Don’t let politicians groove grants to favored groups without real competition. Have city staff help neighborhoods with limited resources or expertise write applications.

No matter what holiday one celebrates this time of year; Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Yule etc., most of us recognize year end as a gift giving season. Most of us in the EPX neighborhood are fortunate enough to be looking for extras or luxury items this time of year. However, some area residents are in need of more basic items. To this end the Board of EPX, in keeping with our 501(c)(3) status, has begun to identify some needy families in our neighborhood. We as a civic association, have budgeted $1,000.00 towards giving holiday gift baskets of essential items such as food, clothing, bedding etc and the extra-special gift of toys. Our treasurer Millie Ruffino, along with members of the “Events and Marketing” (Community Relations) Committee, is gathering these items for distribution and she could use some additional in-kind donations as listed below.

Family ONE has 4 boys:

20 months old Size 3 T toys: toddler toys

3 years old Size 5 toys: trucks, cars

5 years old Size 7 toys: action figures

6 years old Size 8 toys: video games, action figures


Family TWO has 3 children

Girl 10 months old Size 18 months

Girl 3 years old Size 4T

Boy 9 years old Size 12 Husky

Also needed are warm clothing, books, Educational toys, towels, sheets (Twin Size)

Items for Christmas dinner in the form of any area Supermarket Gift Cards/Certificates.

All donations are tax deductible and you may contact Millie by emailing or calling 215-271-1529 after 6:30 p.m.
So here is the chance for everyone to play “Santa”

The December EPX General Membership meeting will be held on Monday December 3rd 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 Neumann Room. Ask the receptionist for directions.

This meeting will feature a presentation by Lowes regarding home safety and security.

Questions or want to get involved? Email us at contact@

East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association and Town Watch

November’sGeneral Membership meeting will be on Monday, November 5th at 7pm in the St. Agnes Continuing Care Center (northwest corner of Broad and McKean).

May’smeeting will feature a presentation from The Philadelphia Partnership for Recycling. Come find out what we can do together to make our neighborhood a cleaner and more livable place.

Questions or want to get involved? Email us at contact at epcrossing dot org!!

Please join the East Passyunk Crossing Board of Directors for an afternoon serenade of beautiful music supporting a fine cause. Sunday, October 28th at 4pm in the auditorium of Newmann-Goretti High School (11th and Moore Streets).

The Bel Canto Lyric Opera Company and Orchestra will again for the 15th year lend their considerable talents to an afternoon of light opera, Broadway and patriotic/folk music. This South Philadelphia tradition supports music programs and students throughout our neighborhood and the greater Philadelphia area.

Tickets are $15.00 for adults, $12.00 for seniors and $5.00 for students with valid identification.

Please contact Joseph F. Marino, Co-Chair of EPX through this web-site to purchase tickets. A small portion of the ticket price, purchased through the Association, is generously refunded to our EPX treasury!

Sponsored by our Membership Committee

October’s General Membership meeting will be on Monday, October 1st at 7pm in the St. Agnes Continuing Care Center (northwest corner of Broad and McKean).

October’s meeting will feature a presentation by the Delaware River Neighbors Alliance, which will be on hand to discuss the proposed construction of two casinos along the Delaware River.

Questions or want to get involved? Email us at contact at epcrossing dot org!!

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Join EPX members and future-members at the second “Meet and Greet” of the summer, Thursday, August 16th from 7-9 p.m. at Cantina Los Caballitos.


The Cantina has graciously given EPX a special discounted happy hour price for this repast which includes Chips w/ Salsa, Guacamole, Nachos and/or Quesadillas. EPX members and guests will be charged a cover of $10.00 each.

Special Happy Hour prices will apply to Margaritas and such. $2 Classic Margaritas $10 Classic Pitchers, $2 Drafts & $2 Bottles !