The May EPX Planning and Zoning Committee meeting will held on Wednesday, May 28th from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Everyone is welcome.

RESCHEDULED to June 25th meeting: 2037 S. 10th Street – Request for storage of 4 cars on the first floor and two apartments on the second floor in the existing structure.

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

Questions or want to get involved? Email us at zoning @epcrossing.org

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!

“But, baby its cold outside…” might be an understatement this year in Philadelphia where many are in need of good winter coats. EPX, through its standing committee chairs, is sponsoring a “gently worn, but clean” coat drive in conjunction with Philadelphia Cares. So if Santa, or whomever, brings you a new coat for the holidays please consider giving your slightly used old one, donated through EPX, to our January General Membership meeting. If you can’t make the G.M. feel free to bring the coat(s) to any standing committee meeting between now and then. However, if the season has you so swamped you can’t attend any EPX gatherings contact our “Clean and Green” chair Sarah Ausprich , through this site, and she will help you make arrangements to donate your garment. Remembering the less fortunate is always a good way to “ring in ” the New Year!

Please note there is NOT a Planning and Zoning meeting tonight, January 30th. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 27th from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Everyone is welcome.

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

Questions or want to get involved? Email us at zoning @epcrossing.org

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!