April Newsletter

April Newsletter

As the city has opened vaccinations to all persons over 16 years of age, EPX is looking to how we may be adapting our meetings and events as restrictions ease. In the meantime, vax up and mask up. Here is what the EPX board has been working on, and events you can look forward to. 
EPX Beautification:

We Clean
Thank you to all the volunteers who came out for the citywide Spring Street Cleanup Saturday April 10th. We hope to make these community cleaning events a more regular occurrence, so stay tuned for more information. 

We Green
Thank you also to the volunteers who came out Street Tree Planting Saturday April 24th for our unusually small spring tree planting – only two trees. Parks and Recreation is hiring a new tree inspector who will work exclusively with PHS and Tree Tenders for approving trees going forward. We are inviting neighbors who were denied trees for the spring to request a tree again. Please share with anyone you know who might want a tree.  We are hopeful that more trees will be approved in the Fall with this change in staffing. You can apply for a street tree at tinyurl.com/epxtree.

EPX is hosting their first plant and seed swap! Bring your starts, houseplants, saved seeds, etc. to this  FREE community event Saturday May 8th from 11am-1pm in the Neumann Goretti parking lot, 11th st entrance. Bring or take plants or both! For more information: events@epcrossing.org
EPCC News:The East Passyunk Community Recreation Center will host neighborhood favorite event Comic Book Day, Saturday May 8th from 11am-1pm. Stop by to or from the EPX Plant Swap just around the corner.
Public Notifications:
Tree Philly is looking for participants in a survey How do trees impact you? Philly is making its first ever strategic plan for trees and we need your help! The Philly Tree Plan will be a 10-year strategic plan for the planting and care of Philly’s urban forest based on values of environmental justice, community engagement, and sustainability. This plan will effect resources for City residentsfunding for programs, and write policies that work for Philadelphians and Philly’s trees. Help the City make a plan that works for you by sharing your story. What are the benefits? What are your concerns? How can the plan address your concerns? How should the plan prioritize its recommendations for policies, guidelines and funding? Participate in this survey to tell us your thoughts.

COVID vaccine available to city residents 16 and up
Every Philadelphian over the age of 16 is now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. If you’re interested in getting vaccinated, complete the Vaccine Interest Form or head over to the Center City Vaccination Center, at 12th and Arch streets. Walk ups are accepted, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Mail Ballot FYI: Voters who checked the box requesting permanent mail ballots when applying in 2020 for a mail ballot are starting to receive a paper application to sign up for mail ballots in 2021. You can also sign up online here. The deadline to submit the application is Tuesday, May 11; the primary is Tuesday, May 18.

The school district’s 2021-22 kindergarten registration window is now open. You can register online, by phone, in-person, and by drop-box. Details, including how to identify your local school and what documents are needed, can be found here. Early registration is strongly encouraged.   
April General Membership Meeting Recap:
Our April 2021 General Membership Meeting featured guest speakers from SEPTA presenting the accessibility project for the Tasker St Station and Sanitation Streets Department Q&A. You can view the recorded meeting on our Facebook and it will count as attendance.

To sign in as having “attended” the meeting  please complete this form tinyurl.com/epxapril21Attendance at three (3) EPX General Membership Meetings in a previous 12-month period is required to be eligible to participate in our annual EPX Board nominations and election processes, as well as for potential items up for vote to the membership at general membership meetings.

The next EPX General Meeting will be Monday, May 3rd at 7PM held via zoom. Speakers will be Representative Elizabeth Fiedler. Please reach out to contact@epcrossing.org if you have anything you would like us to address at this meeting.