Santa Suds & Spirits

EPX supports and invites neighbors to attend the EPABID event Spirits & Suds with Santa!
Wednesday, December 12, 5:30-10pm …this holiday past-time will benefit EPX’s annual Holiday Giving and several needy families will receive gift cards to Super Markets, Pharmacy, Toy Stores and other stores.

Join Santa as he gets his jolly on at 12 East Passyunk bars, pubs and restaurants. The $5 admission gets you $3 craft beers, $4 merry cocktails and $5 snacks (select locations), a Santa or Elf hat, and Santa’s Sipping Stamp Card. Cards will be stamped with your purchase of every drink or food item, and after collecting 5 stamps, you’ll be entered to win a package of $300 in gift certificates from the participating bars and other great prizes. Every stamp over 5 gets an extra chance.

Registration will be held at Urban Jungle (1526-30 EPA) from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Stamp cards will be collected at Cantina Los Caballitos (1651 EPA) at 10pm. Participating Bars with food and drink specials are all on our Facebook Event Page.

To the Editor:

The article (“East Passyunk eases drivers’ parking dilemmas,” Sept. 27) failed to mention the involvement of the East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association (EPX) in brokering the arrangement with Ss. Neumann-Goretti High School.

The EPX board is thrilled about the booming eateries and shops on East Passyunk Avenue and has worked in partnership with many of them. Paradiso, Alphabet Academy and Cantina Los Cabillitos have all won our community service award for their outreach to the neighborhood. In addition, EPX maintains a great working relationship with the Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corp. (PARC), and the East Passyunk Avenue Buisness Improvement District (EPABID). These relationships have helped our neighborhood thrive.

EPX heard about the need for parking lot space from PARC and the EPABID and saw the opportunity for revenue, in the way of tuition funds for Neumann-Goretti. The arrangement we brokered was a triple-win: First, we were able to assuage the constant parking complaints of the neighbors who are impacted by the success of the restaurants along the business corridor. Second, the business community, led by EPABID and PARC, gains access to ample parking space a block-and-a-half from the avenue, and third, a well-respected neighborhood institution gains much-needed scholarship funds.

For six years, EPX has striven to meet the needs of its residents. Parking has, and sadly, will always be a concern in our area. This partial parking solution was an EPX idea, and we are very proud of that fact.

Joseph F. Marino and Darren Fava
Co-Chairs, Board of Directors
East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association

Please consider donating school supplies to Southwark Elementary via EPX.

The students need copy paper, chart paper, colorful and white index cards, a lot of blue folders with pockets for 100 Book Challenge, manila folders, staples, dry-erase markers, regular markers, crayons, glue, masking tape, packing tape, some rolls of film for our laminating machine, construction paper especially 8X10 for our bulletin board display, white-out, and scotch tape.

Anyone interested in donating actual supplies should contact Beth Dougherty at, or bring them to any EPX community meeting. We also welcome cash donations that are designated for Southwark school supplies.


Prevent Mosquito Breeding in Your Yard and Home: Mosquitoes are a common summer nuisance. They are not only annoying, but they can transmit West Nile virus, encephalitis, malaria and yellow fever to humans, and heartworms to pets. You can take simple steps to reduce this menace right at home, since mosquitoes can breed right in your own yard.

Standing water means you could be raising mosquitoes! Adult flying mosquitoes often rest in tall grass and shrubs, but they cannot develop there. All mosquitoes need water to complete their life cycle. Some mosquitoes lay eggs in standing water where they hatch in just a day or two. Other mosquitoes may lay their eggs in old tires, tin cans or other containers. The eggs may hatch weeks or even months later when the containers have collected water. After every rainfall, remember to remove any standing water from your yard and help keep mosquitoes from hatching.

  • Throw out or properly store old tires, tin cans, buckets, drums, bottles, or any water-holding containers so they cannot collect water.
  • Fill in or drain any low places (puddles, ruts) in yard.
  • Keep drains, ditches and culverts clean of weeds and trash so water can drain properly.  
  • Cover trash containers to keep out rain water.
  • Repair leaky pipes and outside faucets.
  • Empty plastic wading/”kiddie” pools at least once a week and store it indoors when not in use.
  • Make sure your backyard pool is properly maintained, especially while on vacation.
  • Fill in tree rot holes and hollow stumps that hold water with sand or concrete.
  • Change the water in bird baths and plant pots or drip trays at least once each week.
  • Keep grass cut short and shrubbery well trimmed around the house so adult mosquitoes cannot hide.


For more information about the West Nile Virus, go to: TT Vector Control Services Environmental Health Services 111 West Hunting Park Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19140 (215) 685-9027

Mulai Teks Bahasa Indonesia

Cegahlah Berkembangnya Nyamuk di Halaman dan Rumah Anda!

Setiap musim panas nyamuk muncul sebagai hama bagi kita! Bukan saja sebagai gangguan, tetapi juga sebagai penyalur berbagai macam penyakit, seperti Virus Nil, radang otak, malaria, maupun demam kuning yang menyerang manusia atau cacing hati yang menyerang binatang peliharaan kita. Bahkan nyamuk bisa bertelur langsung di halaman Anda sendiri!

Dengan adanya genangan air dan tempat becek di halaman Anda, berarti sarang nyamuk bisa hidup dekat sekali dengan Anda! Nyamuk-nyamuk sering senang berkumpul di dalam rumput panjang ataupun di semak-semak, tetapi disitulah mereka tidak bisa bertelur atau mendewasa. Setiap nyamuk memerlukan air supaya bisa berkembang. Ada jenis nyamuk yang biasa bertelur di genangan/kolam air dimana telurnya menetas dalam waktu satu/dua hari saja. Juga ada jenis nyamuk lain yang bertelur di dalam ban roda yang dibuang, kaleng loakan atau kemasan-kemasan bekas lain. Telur-telur tersebut sering menetas dalam jangka waktu beberapa minggu bahkan bulan lagi kalau ada tempat dimana air bisa terkumpul. Langsung sesudah hujan, ingatlah untuk mengosongkan air genangan dari tempat mana saja dimana air bisa terkumpul di halaman Anda, supaya membantu mencegah nyamuk bisa bertelur.

· Buang setiap ban roda mobil yang bekas, kaleng loakan, ember, tong, botol, ataupun apa saja yang bisa mengandung air di tempat sampah tepat atau simpannya dengan baik.
· Isikan dengan tanah/semen atau kosongkan air dari setiap got/selokan di halaman Anda.
· Setiap beberapa waktu bersihkan got/selokan tersebut dari semua rumput liar atau sampah, agar air di sana boleh mengalir dengan bebas. Tutuplah tempat sampah supaya boleh tetap kering/bebas dari air.
· Perbaikilah setiap pipa yang bocor atau keran luar rumah yang rusak.
· Kosongkanlah kolam renang plastik/”kiddie pools” sering, paling tidak seminggu sekali, dan simpannya di dalam rumah/gudang/garasi kalau tidak sedang dipakai.
· Pastikanlah kolam renang Anda terawat/terpelihara dengan baik, khususnya pada waktu Anda pergi lama dari rumah (misalnya, kalau sedang “vacation”).
· Isilah dengan pasir atau semen setiap lobang atau tunggul pohon yang bisa mengandung air.
· Gantikanlah air dari setiap tempat mandi burung, tempat bunga atau “drip trays”, setidaknya seminggu sekali.
· Potong rumput halaman dan ranting semak di sekitar rumah Anda cukup sering, supaya nyamuk tidak bisa bersembunyi di sana.

Untuk informasi lebih lanjut tentang Virus Nil, kunjungilah: atau Vector Control Services Environmental Health Services 111 West Hunting Park Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19140 (215) 685-9027

no bandit signs
Councilmembers Jannie Blackwell and Curtis Jones have introduced Council Bill 120017 for the legalization of bandit signs in Philadelphia. These are the signs proclaiming “We Buy Houses” or “Quick Cash” posted on utility poles, telephone poles, and even trees. Under the proposed rule, bandit sign erectors can apply for a $1 stamp from L&I for each sign erected. Then when signs are removed, they receive a $0.50 refund. This measure is “supposed to generate revenue,” but if you take the ~20,000 some-odd signs in Philadelphia now, the revenue generated only be $20,000 a year, not enough money to even pay for one City employee to administer the program on a part-time basis. The bill got its introduction to City Council and is now sitting at the Licenses and Inspections committee. This committee only met three times last year, and there’s no set agenda date for when the next one will be.

The board members of EPX unanimously oppose Bill 120017 as we believe these signs are a blight on the neighborhood. If you agree, we urge you to sign the electronic petition and share it with your family, friends and neighbors.


Beginning on Sunday February 19th at 12:01 a.m. the SEPTA route “C” bus going south from Market St. will become the NEW route “4” line! NO TIME SCHEDULE OR ROUTE PLAN WILL CHANGE INITIALLY, ONLY THE LETTER TO NUMBER DESIGNATION! North of Market it will become the NEW Route “16” splitting into two lines. one north route “16” line will go to Cheltenham Ave and another will go to Fernrock Transportation Center. For details, especially regarding the NEED to ask for an EMERGENCY TRANSFER when taking the Broad Street bus North of City Hall go to