While most South Philadelphians are gearing up to watch or participate in the New Year’s Day Mummer’s parade, I thought I would take a moment and reflect on how EPX successfully spent our first full calendar year. In addition to the routine functions of our standing committees such as zoning & planning attending ZBA hearings and “clean & green” holding monthly street clean-ups or public safety’s regularly scheduled town-watch walks. Our committees and Board of Directors have accomplished herculean feats, some of which, are listed below.
Clean and Green saw 20 plus volunteers spend a weekend in September “re-greening” the Tolentine Community Center and in spring placed planters at the E. Passyunk BID gateway!
Public Safety won the local police precinct’s award for “Outstanding New Town Watch” of 2007!
Membership sponsored several summer meet and greets at area watering-holes and staffed an EPX info table at the St. Nick’s Italian Festival.
Community Relations [AKA Marketing and Events] with the full support of the Board hosted our extremely successful Spring Fair and a very profitable Avenue Art Auction in November.
Planning and Zoning sponsored our September Book-Swap with help from a Scholastic Books grant award.
The hardest working non-profit board in Philadelphia won a PAF grant, established EPX as a 501(c) (3) tax exempt organization, attended no less than 12 different city improvement forums including “Great Expectations” and “IMAGINE Philadelphia.” For detailed and additional information regarding our varied accomplishments see the archives of this very website.
Beyond our own borders EPX has worked to create the South Philadelphia Central Civics, a group of 8 local civics working quarterly to address common concerns on a larger scale. EPX has also been instrumental in working to establish the Friends of the Free Library chapter of the South Philly branch.
On the horizon for 2008 EPX office space, DCED grant approval, and heaven knows the limits. So keep your eyes glued to this site for breaking news. To all who helped and will continue to make EPX great, thank you and EXCELSIOR!