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!!!

EPX has had our first successful charitable giving of 2009. Some 30 coats were donated to EPX and delivered to the used coat bank at the St. Vincent De Paul Society. These coats will be given, free of charge, to people who present vouchers from any religious institution or Salvation Army post. Congratulations EPX on another job well done. Special thanks to all our members, many of whom are our neighbors in St. Nick’s parish!

We all have a coat or two that is too big or small, not the right color, or which has been replaced by a newer one we like better!

Take the coats you just never wear anymore and bring them to any standing committee meeting this month at the EPX office on 1940 S. 13th Street (see the Upcoming Events calendar to the right of this page for dates). The Board of Directors will see that they make it to the City’s coat bank. The needy will feel warmer on the outside and you’ll feel warmer on the inside!

The last days of 2008 are upon us and 2009 shines brightly, right over the horizon! This new year brings with it two little gifts for EPX! Well, really one benefits all Philadelphia, as single-stream recycling begins for all neighborhoods on Monday January 5th. So please use your blue buckets every week on your regular trash day!

The other gift is a way to help others without any real cost to ourselves! In this economy, EPX has been humbled by the incredible generosity of our members, during the holidays, donating cash and in kind items for the less fortunate.  So we are asking for that gracious spirit again in the New Year as we hold our annual Used Coat Drive.  We all have a coat or two that is too big or small, not the right color, or which has been replaced by a newer one we like better! Take the coats you just never wear anymore and bring them to the EPX General Membership meeting on January 5th.  Or bring them to any standing committee meeting in January at the EPX offices 1940 S. 13th street.  The Board of Directors will see that they make it to the City’s coat bank.  The needy will feel warmer on the outside and you’ll feel warmer on the inside! A happy, healthy and prosperous New Year to all!

EPX is so grateful to our membership and donors for their continued generosity throughout the year! Being a 501(c)(3) organization not only means that your donations are tax deductible, but that part of our mission is to be charitable. So, at this time of the year the Board of Directors of EPX works to complete this mission and has begun giving back to the less fortunate in our neighborhood.

The board, with vouchers from the PA Department of Agriculture, has purchased, sorted and delivered over two dozen shopping bags of fresh produce to neighborhood seniors for Thanksgiving! Also, EPX has donated EIGHT full turkey dinners [from soup to nuts!] to the Philadelphia Access Center (PAC) these dinners were even hand-delivered by EPX board members to the families in need.

EPX will be repeating last year’s “Secret Santa” giving of toys, clothes and supermarket gift cards to three families in our boundaries.  However with a few additions. We will increase our Christmastime giving to include new home goods; towels, bedding, and tableware. This is where EPX needs your help! Please, even in these hard economic times, consider making a monetary or in-kind donation of new home goods at our December General Membership meeting! A Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Tuesday September 9th saw the South Philadelphia Older Adults Center welcome the team from EPX Stories. Independent film-maker John Pettit, along with Stories committee member Jennifer Baldwin and EPX Co-Chairs Darren Fava and Joseph F. Marino were on hand.  After Mr. Marino introduced the film festival, the two-fold presentation of similar documentary style footage and interviews of seniors ensued.  Twenty-six S.P.O.A.C. members participated and many were recorded, by Mr. Pettit, for the EPX Stories Trailer to be screened at the Avenue Art Auction and before the juried entries at Neumann-Goretti on November 14th. Look to this site for additional EPX Stories updates.

July 2008 saw the next step in EPX opening our corporate office. EPX has had access to the space for several months and signed a contract in May leasing the property for $1.00 a month. This very generous arrangement is courtesy of the owner Senator Vincent J. Fumo, who also spent thousands of dollars repairing and upgrading the roof, electric, plumbing and masonry.

The interior had some clean-up and clean-out issues being vacant for some 17 years, BUT a little old-fashioned kitchen sense and elbow grease and the contractors started their work! Next up wall repair, painting and new ceiling and flooring which began today.

Followed by some “new-to-us” furniture donations and “left-over” art from both the auction and the flea market and we are set to role! New awning with EPX signage and some small bureaucratic paper filing, barring no other snafus, will see EPX opening our office in conjunction with the association’s second anniversary celebrations!

Special thanks, in addition to our good friend Senator Fumo, to our other friends at local bank branches; Beneficial, Conestoga and St. Edmond’s for renovation funding! Special appreciation to an anonymous friend who may be footing the awning-sign bill!