Volunteers at 2018 Thanksgiving Food Drive bagging event

This holiday season EPX is partnering with United Communities to raise funds and collect donations for a toy drive for local South Philadelphia children. This #givingTuesday please support EPX’s charitable drive to raise money and accept donations of new toys for kids 0-18. Although toys of all age ranges will be gratefully appreciated, older children are often overlooked in holiday toy drives, and teens are much more aware of what they have or do not compared to their peers than an infant or toddler. Consider donating a teen-specific gift to our drive, or a monetary donation to allow us to buy age-appropriate and appreciated gifts for kids in our neighborhood.

We are collecting new gifts and toys at the East Passyunk Crossing Civic center, located at 1025 Mifflin. Some suggested items include:

  • Sports equipment: basketballs, soccer balls, baseballs and gloves, footballs, tennis rackets, tennis balls
  • Art supplies: Colored pencils, paint, brushes, sketch pads
  • Games: board games, card games, collectable cards
  • Journals: a blank journal or one with daily prompts
  • Movie passes and gift cards
  • Backpacks
  • Jewelry and purses
  • Beauty items: make-up, lotion, nail polish, perfume
  • Hats and scarves

There are more ways to contribute! Join us on Saturday December 14th from 10:30am-1pm for a wrapping party at the East Passyunk Community Center, 1025 Mifflin St. We will be wrapping and labeling contents of the donated and purchased gifts for easy distribution of United Communities to our neighbors in need.

Thank you for your generous contribution to our neighbors in need this holiday season.

PHILADELPHIA – The Streets Department’s 2019 Philly Leaf Recycling Program begins on Tuesday, November 12 and runs through Saturday, December 21. The program is one of several services provided by the Streets Department to honor the City’s on-going commitment to recycling by helping to reduce the amount of materials that reach the waste stream.

Bagged leaf drop-off will be offered city-wide on Saturdays (except for November 16th and 30th) at 13 designated locations from 9 AM to 3 PM for the duration of the program.

Mechanical leaf collection will be provided as a supplement in areas known to have a heavy accumulation of leaves. The mechanical leaf collection operation will include leaf blowers, mechanical sweepers, and leaf loaders. Mechanical leaf collection crews will concentrate their efforts in designated boundaries each week, following a strategic schedule to maximize efficiency and productivity.

Follow these tips for bagged leaf collection:

  • Bagged leaves will only be accepted in biodegradable paper bags. These bags can be processed for recycling along with the leaves. This reduces contamination in the recycling process.
  • Do not mix trash or other recyclable materials with bagged leaves. This contaminates leaves and makes them unfit for recycling purposes.
  • Use as many bags as needed, maximum 40 lbs. each.
  • Bags may be purchased at most hardware stores. Bags are not provided by the Streets Department.
  • Bagged leaves may also be taken to any of the Sanitation Convenience Centers:

West Philadelphia 3033 S. 63rd Street (63rd & Passyunk Ave.)
Northwest Philadelphia Domino Lane and Umbria Street
Northeast Philadelphia State Road and Ashburner Street
North Philadelphia 2601 W. Glenwood Avenue
Port Richmond Delaware Avenue & Wheatsheaf Lane
West Philadelphia 5100 Grays Ave.

Leaves set out curbside, either in bags or containers, will be collected as trash, not recycling.

Follow these tips for mechanical leaf collection:

  • To find out when your block is scheduled for mechanical collection
  • View schedule.
  • Visit http://alpha.property.phila.gov/ to input an address.
  • Check your neighborhood newspaper
  • All leaves should be raked and ready for collection by 7:00 AM the day of mechanical collection. Rake leaves into the street by the curb’s edge (piling is not necessary).
  • If possible, move your vehicle to an off-street parking location on your scheduled collection day, so crews can remove leaves along the curb line.
  • Residents in mechanical areas can also drop off bagged leaves.
  • Mechanical collection crews will visit routes only once. Residents are urged to sweep and bag any remaining leaves and set out for collection on trash day or take to any bagged drop-off locations or Sanitation Convenience Center.

There will be no collection of leaves on City holidays. During this six-week program, leaves will be collected for composting purposes, like, fertilizing gardens and nourishing trees. For more information, residents can visit http://www.philadelphiastreets.com/leaves or call 311.

Gracias a todos los que asistieron a nuestra reunión el 29 de Mayo. A continuación se muestra la presentación de esa reunión para su información.

Damos la bienvenida a los comentarios sobre cómo podemos servir mejor a nuestros vecinos que se sienten más cómodos comunicándose en Español. – Cómo podemos servirle mejor?

The vacant property at 2033 South Broad Street (image by Google Street View)

EPX neighbors – are you interested in what will be happening to the vacant property on South Broad that was formerly McDonald’s? Our neighboring RCO South Broad Street Neighborhood Association will be holding a Community Meeting Tuesday April 16, 2019 at 7:00 PM to discuss the property. The application is for a Group Medical, Dental, Health Practitioner Office in an existing attached structure.  Zoning CMX-2.5 

The meeting will be held at Constitution Health Plaza 1930 South Broad Street  (NWC of McKean Street / Passyunk Avenue) Conference Center – 1st Floor. All are invited to attend.

If you are unable to attend this community meeting, the official Zoning Hearing for the property will be Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 3:30pm 

Tickets

This Sunday, March 31st, 2019, from 4-6pm at Ss. Neumann and Goretti High School (1736 S 10th St), the 2019 Red Gravy Cook-off is finally here! Adult tickets are only $20 and children 12 and under are free. Admission will get you samples of each 10 competing sauces, as well as a full serving of the gravy of your choice over macaroni cooked by Mama Maria herself, as well as vegan meatballs from Triangle Tavern. You will also get complimentary bread from New York Bakery, salad, beverages, cold-brew coffee from Rival Brothers, and a homemade dessert buffet.

2018 Red Gravy Cookoff

Those who are 21+ get a sample from Chaddsford Winery with additional glasses and bottles available for purchase. Vote for crowd favorite and our local judges Larry Farnese, Elizabeth Fiedler, Mark Squilla, and Mama Maria will pick their favorite. Buy your tickets now.

Tickets

Saturday April 6th you are invited to help clean up East Passyunk Crossing. Neighbors will meet at the community garden for coffee, pastries, and instructions and then we’ll hit the streets with brooms and shovels to pick up trash around Mifflin, 7th, McKean, and 8th streets, as well as smaller streets in between. This is a family friendly event, and a great way to make an impact in your neighborhood.

Some Fall Cleanup Volunteers

Calling all volunteers! Are you a resident of EPX and looking for a way to get involved, besides buying a ticket? We need your help to make this popular event a success!  It will take a lot of hands pitching in to set up the space from the serving line to the tables, and then volunteers to serve gravy, sell tickets, bus and clean, and finally break it all down. Sign up here to let us know how you can help day of. 

We’re also accepting donations of baked goods. We’re happy to have a donation of a tray your favorite local pastry shop cookies or a pan of homemade brownies. Fill out this form to let us know what kind of sweet treat you plan to bring to the event

Some of the 2018 Dessert Offerings donated by neighbors