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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

School Talk: EPX Civic forms Friends of Southwark, hosts Parent/Teacher Happy Hour at Watkins Drinkery on Tuesday, June 2.

Editor’s Note: School Talk is an occasional feature that will look at education and parenting issues in South Philly. If you have concerns, ideas, suggested topics or other thoughts about the state of schools and ways to keep improving them, email us at punk@passyunkpost.com.
 
Weighing in this time is Mollie Michel, Editor of A Child Grows in Philly, South Philly resident and a public school parent. A recovering nonprofit professional, Mollie is also an experienced birth doula, Certified Lactation Counselor, and the mom of two girls and a sweet pit bull named Princess Cleopatra.
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East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association’s Education Committee, which has been working with Southwark Elementary School at 9th and Mifflin streets for several years, has created a new subcommittee, Friends of Southwark. 
front door with new sign and logo 640x480 School Talk: EPX Civic forms Friends of Southwark, hosts Parent/Teacher Happy Hour at Watkins Drinkery on Tuesday, June 2.

The new group will follow the model of a number of other friends groups that have rallied around South Philly’s resource-starved public schools, including the active Friends of Andrew Jackson Elementary.

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What's Happening in:  Passyunk Square 

South Philly PHS pop-up gardens expected to open this weekend

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is hosting not one, but three pop-up gardens this summer and two of those just so happen to be around South Philly.

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Photo of the 9th and Wharton lot from PhillyMag.

Last year’s pop-up garden at 1438-46 South St. is returning again this year and a new pop-up garden is coming to 9th and Wharton. These two gardens are both expected to be open before the end of the weekend.

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What's Happening in:  Point Breeze 

New pedal-operated trash can installed in South Philly

We’re all pretty well aware of the trash problem in our city by now. While it’s certainly not a problem that can be fixed overnight, these new pedal-operated trash cans that will be coming to the city over the next few years may encourage more people to dispose of their garbage without getting their hands dirty.

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Photo of the trash can from Reddit

The first trash can of this kind in our city was installed recently at Dickinson Street and Point Breeze Avenue.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Property values in East Passyunk Crossing continuing to increase

With so many great restaurants, retail and activities surrounding East Passyunk Crossing, it’s no wonder that the prices of housing in the neighborhood have been continuously growing based on the demand for such a hot-spot location.

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A two bedroom home on Jessup Street, which was also a SoPhilly Spotlight, was previously on the market for $289,000.

The neighborhood, which spans from Broad to 6th and Tasker to Snyder, has seen skyrocketing prices based on the growing demand to live in an area with so much to offer, according the The Inquirer.

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What's Happening in:  Pennsport 

Gourmet popcorn place opening in former ice cream shop on 2nd Street

A new business called MoJo’s Pop Co. is set to open in the former Brown Chicken Brown Cow location at 1321 S. 2nd St.

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A look at the location when it was still Brown Chicken Brown Cow last year. (Photo: Jim Jennings)

Prior to Brown Chicken Brown Cow, the location was also home to Strange Brew Coffee. So now instead of coffee or ice cream, you will soon be able to pick up some popcorn at the location.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Bing Bing Dim Sum adds Happy Hour menu, delivery service

Bing Bing  Dim Sum opened earlier this year with much buzz surrounding the spot. Thanks to the fun atmosphere and their modern take on traditional Asian cuisine, the spot recently earned a two-bell review from Craig LaBan.

bing bing 8 640x421 Bing Bing Dim Sum adds Happy Hour menu, delivery service To add to the appeal of the spot, they have just introduced a new happy hour menu and delivery service through Caviar.

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