Photo by Rob Torney
Giving Thanks! Each year, at this time, the Board of EPX through the generosity of our membership and area businesses, works to complete our annual charitable giving campaign! Donations are tax deductable as EPX is a 501(c)(3) exempt charitable organization! Donations may also be made at the November and December General Membership meetings or through the Paypal link on this website.EPX donations start, each year, with a gift to a local area food bank. The Philadelphia Access Center (PAC) at 11th & Mifflin Streets supplies turkeys to over a dozen neighbors in our area and EPX provides the rest of their Thanksgiving dinner. Everything from salad to cranberry sauce, stuffing to green beans, mashed potatoes to gravy…and more. The hard work of gathering donations, shopping and delivering these items falls to our Treasurer Millie Ruffino, our Recording Secretary Jo Cardillo and Marketing/Events Chair Pat Pitt. Let’s give these ladies a great big round of applause!!!
Who is Jack O’Lantern?
The tradition of pumpkin carving began in Ireland, where people carved scary faces into turnips on All Hallows’ Eve. But why are these creepy carvings called jack-o’-lanterns? Well, dear reader, therein lies a tale … the tale of Stingy Jack. The Irish say that Stingy Jack was a drunk and a trickster. He even fooled the devil— more than once—to save his dark soul from eternal damnation. Indeed, one time Jack tricked the devil, who was about to take Jack to the netherworld, into climbing a tree to pick him an apple—a last meal, if you will. While the devil was up the tree, Jack placed crosses around it so the devil could not come down until he promised not to carry Jack off to hell. When Jack died, his wicked ways caused St Peter to send him away from the gates of heaven. The devil, however, kept his word and prevented Jack’s entrance into hell. Instead, he sent Jack off to roam the earth for eternity, with only a glowing coal ember placed inside a carved-out turnip to light his way. He became known as Jack of the Lantern, and then Jack O’Lantern. Throughout Ireland, and then Scotland and England, people carved their own lanterns to keep Stingy Jack away on All Hallows’ Eve, when the dead walk among us. They used homegrown produce such as turnips, potatoes and beets. When they came to the United States in the 18th and 19th centuries, they found a better canvas for Jack’s lantern—the pumpkin!
EPX Public Safety Committee and SEPTA have worked together to address an issue in the 1800 block of S. Iseminger St. (Known to life-long residents as “The Oaks.”) This small, curved street that is too narrow for most cars has been a nuisance for decades. Over the years, the lack of house-fronts and limited foot/car traffic caused this dark “alley” to be a hang-out for many types of unsafe behavior by strangers and residents alike! The second biggest problem, beyond the lack of routine traffic had been that at night there was no artificial light. The city was unable to place a street light on the block because of a technicality involving the light on the 1900 block of Iseminger at Mifflin. BUT thanks to EPX’s Public Safety Committee and Councilman DiCicco’s office SEPTA agreed to add floodlights to two sides of their Mifflin Street sub-station and viola, one less darkened corner sees EPX “Lights On” For Public Safety!
UPDATE: SEPTA, at the behest of EPX, recently resurfaced the sidewalks on the 13th street side of the substation and repaired some pavement on Mifflin street as well!
N.B. This is only the beginning of a much larger project involving revitalizing this SEPTA sub-station. EPX with Department of Community and Economic Development funds (courtesy of Senator Farnese’s office) SEPTA and Murals Arts have just begun talks to turn this “sow’s ear into a silk purse”…stay turned to this web site for details!
EPX has received a small donation from the Beneficial Bank Foundation.
Thanks to the work of our Grants/Finance committee, the foundation awarded EPX $100.00!
This money will be added to the EPX General Operating account and will off-set some recent computer and software expenses.
THANKS TO ALL OUR MEMBERS AND FANS, WE WERE SOLD OUT!
Last evening close to 150 patrons watched and listened in a SRO crowd to the song styling s of Ms. Jackie Damis, the hot rock sounds of Gang Age, the hilarious antics of Tongue and Groove comedy troop, The mellow-jazz of Cold Blue Electric and EPX balladeer Joseph F. Marino!
Thanks to all the hard work of the Events Committee and Board members who participated, and to the Viking’s New Year’s Club and Ss. Neumann-Goretti High School for the generous use of their space.
An EXTRA Special note of gratitude to all the food donors who supplied the delicious menu for the evening: Izumi, Abobe Cafe, Plenty, Sticks & Stones, FUEL,Ristorante Tre Scalini,New York Bakery, and the Cantina Los Caballitos!!! We couldn’t have done it without you. Please patronize these establishments and tell them “Thanks for supporting EPX!”
Such a grand success bodes well for future EPX Revues, stay posted!