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Beauty Bloomin’ Beyond the Backyard

It’s gardening season in South Philadelphia, and the East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association (EPX) is hoping to get residents to think “beyond the backyard.” Their annual EPX in Bloom competition encourages residents to beautify their front steps, sidewalks, and window boxes. Neighbors are invited to submit images of their front greenery and plantings, with the possibility of winning prizes for Judge’s Choice or Crowd Favorite. You can help EPX determine the Crowd Favorite by ‘liking’ your favorite images on the Civic’s Facebook page.

EPX At-large board member and Social Media Coordinator Sequoia Medley explains, “EPX in Bloom is an excellent opportunity for our neighbors to exhibit their gardening skills for online recognition while also encouraging pedestrian exploration of our residential streets. We want people to walk through our neighborhood, and become inspired to create their own front-of-home displays.”

Entry from 1916 S 11th Street. See more at the EPX Facebook page.

The event is spearheaded by the EPX Beautification Committee, whose goal is to ‘clean and green’ within  civic’s boundaries, Tasker to Snyder, 6th to Broad Street. Entrants will be featured on a walking tour map, so neighbors can see the blooms even after the competition’s June 30th end.

Entry from 1035 Emily Street. See more at the EPX Facebook page.

Voting is currently open via the EPX Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/EastPassyunkCrossingCivic. You do not need to be an EPX resident to vote, and you may vote for multiple entrants.

Due to a technical error, entries from EPX residents are still being accepted, if you live within the civic’s boundaries, 6th Street to Broad Street, Snyder Ave to Tasker Street. To enter, email an image of your front display to david@epcrossing.org and complete the application available on EPX’s Facebook page or at www.epcrossing.org. The competition’s guidelines are available here.

Entry from 2017 S. 11th Street. See more at the EPX Facebook page.

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Mayor Kenney to Visit Two South Philly Sites Today

The Mayor’s Office of Communications announced that Mayor Kenney would visit two sites in South Philadelphia today.

First off, at 11 a.m., the Mayor will
speak at a celebration of CHOP’s South Philadelphia Community Health & Literacy Center, 1700 S. Broad St.

The Mayor will deliver remarks at this event to celebrate Citizens Bank’s support of the Health and Literacy Center.

At Noon the Mayor is due across town at the Whitman Library Play Space Ribbon Cutting. Located at 200 Snyder Ave., the library’s indoor play space is one of three the Free Library is installing in an effort to allow children to relieve some of their pent-up energy after school.

We’ll have more details on the play space in a future article, but if it’s anything like the one dedicated at the Cecil B. Moore Library in North Philadelphia in April, there will be an element of risk involved, as designer Meghan Talarowski of Studio Ludo told Plan Philly’s Shai Ben-Yaacov:

Risky play is the idea of encouraging kids to use their bodies in different ways that are developmentally appropriate for them…As we grow, we automatically want to do slightly riskier things with our bodies. We want to move more, we want to jump off of things, be higher…

Read the whole story here.

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Rock the Block Street Festival Returns to Stogie Joe’s Tavern

The Rock the Block Street Festival will return to South Philadelphia on Sunday, June 10th from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m.

The street festival, held in front of Stogie Joe’s Tavern, 1801 East Passyunk Avenue,(Passyunk & Moore Streets), will feature Italian food including favorites like hot sausage, sandwiches and homemade meatballs. There’s also live music by The Business, cold beer, cocktails, raffles, a silent auction featuring products and experiences donated by local families and businesses, and activities for the entire family.

New this year: a $40 all-inclusive wristband allows guests to enjoy Stogie Joe’s Tavern’s offerings all day. This year the event will also include $5 pay-as-you-go beers, with a limited number of discounted 4-beer ticket packs available in advance for $16.

All proceeds from Rock the Block benefit The Cancer Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, on behalf of the Coach Wags Memorial Foundation.

The first Rock the Block Street Festival was held in 2012 to benefit the Coach Wags Memorial Foundation (CWMF), which was established in the name of Coach John “Wags” Wagner, the freshman football coach at St. Joe’s Prep for 13 years. Coach Wagner passed away in 2008, two years after being diagnosed with head and neck cancer. Wagner’s family, friends, and former players founded CWMF in 2010 to benefit cancer research, and improve the daily lives of children in Philadelphia who are battling this disease.

Tickets and more information are available at: www.thecoachwagsmemorialfoundation.org

Local band The Business perform at a past Rock the Block fundraiser.

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This Week: More South Philly Street Paving

The Streets Department announced additional street paving work in South Philadelphia for the week of June 4th.

The work schedule includes temporary, full street closures and parking restrictions. Weather or special events in the area may alter the resurfacing schedule.  Area streets where work will take place include:

With the work comes a heads-up about parking:

If you park one of these streets, watch out for temporary ‘No Parking’ signs posted in advance of the paving work.  Streets department cautions that, “Residents are urged to move their cars from the work sites when temporary ‘No Parking’ signs are posted, so that vehicles are not towed.  In the event a car is towed, please contact your local Police District to determine its location.  Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling around the work areas.

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Street Repaving Redux

Last week we reported on the imminent repaving of the South Philly streets that were milled (stripped of the top layer of asphalt) about a month ago.  Sadly, rain put a halt to some of the planned work.  This week, the Streets Department hopes to complete the following paving projects:

Street re-paving work scheduled for the week of May 21st.

As we mentioned last week:

If you park one of these streets, watch out for temporary ‘No Parking’ signs posted in advance of the paving work.  Streets department cautions that, “Residents are urged to move their cars from the work sites when temporary ‘No Parking’ signs are posted, so that vehicles are not towed.  In the event a car is towed, please contact your local Police District to determine its location.  Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling around the work areas.”

Freshly-paved South 11th Street just below Snyder Avenue.

 

 

 

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We’re not Teas N’ You. Banh mi and bubble tea are coming to East Passyunk Ave.

New Southeast Asian quick-serve spot opens May 31st

By C.T. Liotta

The first thing you notice about Teas N’ Mi, 1907 East Passyunk Ave., is the sign – a bright red tongue between two baguette rolls that sandwich the company’s name. It’s bright and draws attention, and perfectly captures the light-hearted mood of a shop that offers drink items called Billie Jean is MATCHA lover and COCO? Is it tea you’re looking for?

Teas N’ Mi sign at night. Photo from www.teasnmi.com.

The shop is the creation of Tuyen Tran and Diana Gov, two long-time Philadelphia residents who give food associated with their parents’ birthplaces – Vietnam and Cambodia – a Passyunk Avenue-twist.

“One day we were walking along Passyunk Ave. and wondered why there wasn’t a bubble tea shop around this area.  So we decided, why not do bubble tea and banh mi?” said Tran. “This is our first venture together.  Diana and I have both been in the restaurant industry and we both cook at home often, putting ideas together.”

For South Philadelphians who may be unfamiliar with banh mi, it’s a made-to-order Vietnamese cold-cut hoagie traditionally served in sandwich shops and food stalls. The most popular sandwich on the menu, named Teas N’ Me Specialty, is traditionally called banh mi thit nguoi. It features, “Cold cuts, pickled carrots, pate, cucumber, cilantro, and jalapeno. The pork and pate are both fresh-made,” says Tran. Continue Reading →

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