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!  EPX is a 501(c)(3) and as such is expected to donate 5% of it’s income to charity. However, if you are a member, be proud knowing EPX donates almost 10% of it’s annual budget to charity! Much of our fund-raising goes to support this campaign.

EPX donations started with a $200.00 gift to St. John’s Baptist Church at 13th & Tasker Streets for their food pantry. 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 Member at-Large Pat Pitt.  Let’s give these ladies a great big round of applause!!!

The remainder of the Winter Holidays sees EPX donating to as many as six households, in our boundaries, a full array of Season’s Greetings; toys, home-goods, clothing and food. These items, in the form of gift cards, are given to needy families helping to make their holidays brighter! It’s not to late to join in on the giving. If you wish to make a tax-deductible donation to aid EPX in our charitable efforts feel free to bring new, unused goods or monetary donations to our December General Membership meeting on Monday 12/7 or use the Paypal link on this web page.

So whether you celebrate, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Yule, or something else, your friends and neighbors at EPX  wish you all the blessings of the Season and the hope for a peaceful and prosperous 2010, excelsior!

Philadelphia WHERE Magazine, the ultimate user guide for city travelers – nationwide, has listed the EPX neighborhood as the TOP vibrant district, off the beaten path! In the August issue of WHERE five different , non-center city, Philly locales are ranked and the East Passyunk Avenue corridor is at number one! Although the article states that “the Avenue” stretches further than what we EPX-ers call home, by a few blocks, each-and-every destination spot mentioned by name and address  lies within EPX!  So whether its one of the new eateries, a land-mark like Marra’s, or chic shopping which is a new or established shop and its on Passyunk Ave its REALLY IN EPX!

The EPX Board of Directors wishes to acknowledge a grant of $250.00 from the WECCACOE CDC.  WECCACOE is the Community Development Corporation that holds EPX, and many other civic associations, within their boundaries.  The State of Pennsylvania makes minor funds available to each CDC for the purpose of subsidizing limited administrative activity. EPX will put this money towards our next mailing. Special thanks to EPX Co-Chair Joseph F. Marino and Grants Committee Chair Beth Dougherty for following up on this opportunity.

Help us give Philadelphia a good spring cleaning!

On April 4th, join Mayor Nutter and thousands of volunteers in neighborhoods across Philadelphia for the 2nd Annual Philly Spring Cleanup. Last year East Passyunk Crossing registered more than 70 volunteers to help the city remove 2.5 million pounds of trash and litter from our streets.

The theme of this year’s event will be Building Sustainable Communities, so in addition to street cleaning, we have additional projects to get as many people as possible involved. These include cleaning up vacant lots, distributing recycling bins, cleaning up graffiti, distributing “No Circulars” stickers, and others.

Our group may not be listed on the city website yet, so email sausprich @ gmail .com to register. Or just come to our office at 1940 S. 13th Street the morning of the cleanup to register between 9 and 10 am and pick up your supplies!

For more info on other areas of the city and general information on the 2nd annual Philly Spring Clean Up, go to the city cleanup website at www.phillycleanup.com.

REMINDER: Deadline for forms is Monday, March 30.

Would you like to see more trees in our neighborhood?

If you want to be considered for a tree during the next round of plantings (Fall 2009), please download this form and get it back to us by Monday, March 30th!

Email completed forms to beautification @ epcrossing.org or mail to the EPX Civic Association office at 1940 S. 13th St., Philadelphia, PA 19148.

Encourage your neighbors to participate!

The following are some statistics on just how important trees are in a community setting.
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The Board of Directors of EPX is excited to announce that Rosetta Carrington Lue, Director, and Jeff Friedman, Co-creator of the 311 Customer Contact Center, have agreed to come and talk at our monthly General Membership meeting on Monday, April 6th, at 7:00 pm in the auditorium of Saint Agnes Continuing Care Facility, Broad & McKean Streets.

3-1-1 is the only number you need to call when you need information or help from the City of Philadelphia. It will revolutionize the way you get information from your City government.

Philly311 will help eliminate the need to sort through the 500 phone numbers and hotlines available to contact the City government. You can always call 3-1-1 and a customer service specialist will connect you to the information and services you need.  So plan to attend and learn how to expedite your requests from any and all city agencies!

Walk Score has awarded Philadelphia the honor of the 5th most “Walkable” city in America. EPX, and our immediate surrounding area, has been named the 4th most “walkable” neighborhood in Philly!

Walkscore.com is the first large-scale, public access “walkability” index. According to the Washington Post, “Walkscore.com ranks communities nationwide (and soon, globally) based on how many businesses, parks, theaters, schools and other common destinations are within walking distance of any given starting point.”

Walk scores are based on accessible resources in easy walking distance as well as the aesthetic pleasures of strolling through the area.  EPX always knew how lovely it is to live, dine, shop and stroll in our ‘hood, now the world knows too! So now that we know how wonderful it is to ramble through EPX it is the perfect time, with warm weather approaching, to join our Town Watch!  See our calendar for dates and times or attend our March 16th Public Safety meeting at the EPX Office 1940 S. 13th St. at 8:00 p. m.  Excelsior!!!