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Avenue Cheese Shop is now part of DeMarco’s Italian Specialties

Over the summer, the long-standing Avenue Cheese Shop closed its doors on East Passyunk Avenue. What seemed to be the end turned out to be a new beginning for the shop.

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Avenue Cheese is now part of DeMarco’s Italian Specialties at 1338 Jackson St.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing :  Lower Moyamensing 

What community services would you like to see at Southwark Elementary and South Philly High?

Over the summer it was announced by the city that nine schools would be transformed into “community schools.” Not only would these buildings serve the educational purposes of the students, but they would begin to service the needs of the surrounding community.

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Southwark Elementary and South Philadelphia High School are the two schools in these neighborhoods that were selected. To begin making these neighborhood improvements, a survey has been released to get the community to weigh in on what services would be beneficial to the area.

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What's Happening in:  Lower Moyamensing 

Will construction ever begin on the Brush Factory? LoMo Civic hosts meeting to voice concerns

It has been over two years now since the Zoning Board of Adjustment approved plans for a development to reuse parts of the former Brush Factory at 12th and Jackson to create 151 apartments. The property has been left dormant, allowing for break-ins and dumping to occur on a regular basis at the site.

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On Monday, October 24, the Lower Moyamensing Civic Association hosted a meeting to express concerns over the status of this property, as a way to “let [developer Tony Rufo] know that we’re noticing,” said Todd Schwartz, president of the organization.  When plans first emerged, the community group was optimistic about the project, but after two years and no progress, LoMo Civic and nearby residents want to see something moving forward at the property.

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What's Happening in:  Lower Moyamensing 

SEAMAAC awarded $500k grant for Mifflin Square, community groups teaming up to envision the space

Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Associations Coalition received a $500,000 grant this summer for creating and implementing a plan for Mifflin Square, located at 6th and Ritner.


The community space represents a diverse set of residents, which is why this effort to create improvements and new programming for the park includes 17 organizations, ranging from the Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia to the LoMo Civic Association.

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A.S. Jenks School installs stormwater drain art in LoMo

A.S. Jenks School at 2501 S. 13th St. is working to improve the surrounding community by spreading the message of “only rain should go down the drain.”

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The school, in partnership with the Philadelphia Water Department, is installing student-designed artwork on storm drains to spread the message and prevent pollution.

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Frida Cantina finally opening in former Gavone’s location at 10th and Wolf

It’s been three years since we first told you about Raul Castro, owner of Plaza Garibali on Washington Avenue, and his plans to bring a new Mexican restaurant and bar to the former Gavone’s location at 10th and Wolf.

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Despite some setbacks along the way, the Frida Kahlo-inspired bar called Frida Cantina is finally opening. Continue Reading →

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