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THE HATCHERY Local reading series returns to the neighborhood. 5

LOCAL LENS In anticipation of his high school reunion, Thom thinks about the way modern school and universities operate as “safe spaces” 2

COMMUNITY CALENDAR Local events, meetings and more. 12

CLEAN PLATE Recipe for hoisin glazed orange chicken.

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n Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24, Portside Arts Center (2351 Lehigh Avenue) will be holding their 9th Annual Portside Community Arts Festival at Penn Treaty Park (1341 N. Delaware Ave). Attendees of the event can look forward to crafts for children and teens, face painting and a moon bounce. Crafts will also be sold by local vendors and food trucks will be available for some sustenance during the day. “We wanted to have a family-picnic style day where people could come and hang out in the park, see the craft vendors and also get some food from the food trucks. We wanted them to be able to put a blanket out on

the grass, relax and enjoy each other’s company,” said Jenna Wilchinsky, the assistant director of Portside Arts Center. The 3rd Annual Philly Puff contest will take place on Saturday from 2-4 PM. The Philly Puff contest takes submissions of inflatable sculptures from any interested community members. Inflatable sculptures can be made of a variety of materials, like canvas or plastic, and its full form is taken when air is pumped into it. All submissions will be judged by Darla Jackson, the founder of the PhilContinued on Page 9.

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ne of the world’s most renowned shipbuilding companies of the 1800s, William Cramp and Sons Shipbuilding company had a major impact on the areas of Kensington, Port Richmond, and the entire United States. This company was so influential that two Presidents would come to visit it in the span of five years. Today, only remnants of the Cramps’ remain. William Cramp’s family immigrated to the United States from Germany in the mid-1700s and they settled as fishermen in what was then known as Kensington. They changed their name from “Krampf” to “Cramp” in order to sound more American. It was this family that was partially responsible to giving a portion of that area its nickname of Fishtown.

In 1807, William Cramp was born on present-day Susquehanna Avenue (then Otis Street) and lived on Vienna Street and Queen Street (present-day Berks and Richmond, respectively) before living in two houses on Palmer Street. Before shipbuilding, Cramp studied to be a minister under Rev. George Chandler, but health concerns had Cramp looking for an outdoor occupation. William worked as a fisherman along with most of the German immigrants in the area, since shipbuilding was an industry that was dominated by immigrants of English descent. Continued on Page 7.


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y high school reunion is coming up in October and I’m making plans to attend. While I won’t reveal the number of years it’s been since I graduated from Great Valley High (GV) in Malvern, Penn., I will say this: it was a long time ago. Some from my class have passed away; a few died in Vietnam and one died in a tragic motorcycle accident the summer following graduation. Other students seem to have disappeared or refuse to entertain the notion of attending a reunion. I can understand their reluctance. In high school, you are not the person you later become in life. The high school experience can also leave deep wounds in a person, mainly because teenagers can be cruel. In a few cases the tendency to be cruel never “grows up.” I’m thinking of Janis Joplin’s return to her Texas high school for a reunion after she had become world-famous. To Joplin’s shock and dismay, she found that her old classmates had not changed at all. She was still ignored and made fun of despite her star status. On my first day at GV, I walked through a floor-to-ceiling window pane on a first floor stairway. The glass panel looked like an open thruway since much of the school was still under construction. Shards of glass rained down alongside me in all directions, the blood-letting spears narrowly missing me by centimeters. My high school years began with the crashing sound of broken glass. Were I a high school student today and experienced a similar scare, no doubt I‘d be ushered away to a safe space near the guidance counselor’s office where I’d be fed cookies and invited to watch a video of frolicking puppies. I’ve just described a real so-called safe space that can be found in many universities today. At GV there were no safe spaces at all, just a quick check by a faculty member — “Are you okay?” — and then an acknowledgement that “You were a very lucky young man, now run along to class.” High school homeroom in those days had the appearance of a safe space, but it was actually a place of occasional tension. The tension had to do with what happened after the class recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Every morning a different student was required to read aloud a passage from the King James Bible. Catholics were excused from the readings because their version of the bible was the Douay Rheims. The Catholics’ refusal to assimilate in this one small instance cast them in a peculiar light. By marking themselves as “different,” many (but not all) were treated differently. At GV there was no overt bullying, but there was a subtle class system. The school was almost all white Anglo Saxon Protestant. The popular students were cheerleaders, football players, gymnasts and members of various honor societies. GV’s cliques were unique in that a kid could be conventionally homely, fey or overweight and still be accepted as a part of the “in” crowd. My group of friends hung out before homeroom around a large table inside a glass booth that we termed “the booth.” “The booth” was not a safe space because we were not trying to run from reality or protect ourselves from students who appeared aloof to us. If we had gone to any

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teacher then and complained about the presence of so many snobbish student cliques, we would have been told that Great Valley’s social class structure “mirrors the world.” A teacher might also have told us, “If your place on the social totem pole seems low, then learn to pole climb.” Today the concept of a student safe space is more of an ideological ‘no thought’ zone where students can escape reality and be protected from things that make them feel uncomfortable. At Brown University, for instance, there’s that safe space for women when they experience comments that may “trouble” or “trigger” them. The Brown room is the one with cookies, coloring books, bubbles, Play Doh, pillows and streaming videos of playful puppies. You might say the room is a throw back to kindergarten. The hyper-sensitive students of today are more indulged than they were when I was in school. Many in the safe space world object to being exposed to people they disagree with. Disagreements, especially in the political realm, are categorized as trigger warnings, meaning that the only way to deal with political opponents is to shut down dialogue. Social critics call this new crop of kids “grievance industry students, people who wrap themselves in the cloak of victim hood.” There were many times when I felt sorry for myself at GV, especially the time when a jock pushed me into a swimming pool during the senior class trip. Yet I never once thought of telling a faculty member that so-and-so pushed me into the pool. While the push may be seen as a form of benign bullying, the jock who pushed me also seemed to be asking that I stop isolating myself and at least make an attempt at group socialization. In some safe space school circles applauding a speaker is seen as a trigger warning because the sound of applause upsets some people. Rather than applaud, students are urged to snap their fingers, which is seen as non-offensive. The safe space mentality has also morphed into the belief that putting students of marginalized identity into positions of power, regardless of their qualifications, is the correct way to right past societal wrongs. New York Times writer Judith Shulevitz sums it nicely when she wrote: “…The notion that ticklish conversations must be scrubbed clean of controversy has a way of leaking out and spreading. Once you designate some spaces as safe, you imply that the rest are unsafe. It follows that they should be made safer.” From the safe space of a glass booth, students now want entire university campuses to be safe spaces and so they attempt to bar speakers from campus because the speakers make them feel uncomfortable. At Edinburgh University recently, a female student broke safe space rules when she raised her hand during a student council meeting. Raising her hand was seen as an act of aggression and the offended (triggered) students wanted to ban the woman from the group, although she managed to stay in when a vote was taken. The insanity continued when the poor female student was charged with violating another rule when she shook her head as someone was speaking. At Hampshire College a student group cancelled the appearance of an Afrofunk band when it was determined that there were too many white musicians in the band. At Yale University, the safe space student group went

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ballistic when their demand to ban certain Halloween costumes went unheeded by school administrators. The students were angry when one faculty member stated that “the students should be able to wear anything they want.” Rabid protesters confronted the administrator and called him “disgusting,” insisting that he resign. The administrator kept his cool throughout the ordeal, which seemed to enrage the protesters even more. A good university should be a battleground of competing ideas, a place where students can learn the art of civilized debate while respecting their opponents’ right to disagree and even to have unpopular or hateful opinions. This is the purpose of education. The purpose of education is not to ban or silencing all opposition, a la Vladimir Lenin. Why? Because first you ban, then you persecute, and then you liquidate. ·

obituary BRZOZOWSKI, LAURENCE A. “LARRY”, about March 30, 2016: An avowed iconic idealist of the east end of Allegheny Avenue an unsung urban legend “Larry Love the Poet” privately had his final fight wordless with a menacing medical malady. Beloved son of Francis J. Brzozowski and Emily Brzozowski deceased; sadly missed as brother of Frank T, Emily Valentine, Joan Crossett, Lillian (deceased), Rita, and Christopher (Naoyo) and closest friends of Rich and his marketing mentor Katerina of Dental •1. Memorial viewing Lawrence W Mc Elvarr Funeral Home, 1415 E. Susquehanna Avenue, Thursday, April 21, 2016; Funeral Mass April 22 at 10 am St. Adelbert’s R.C. Church, burial Magnolia Cemetery. ·


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re you kidding me?!?! Last week was insane as we witnessed one of the wildest April snow events in over a decade. While it was difficult for the snow to stick in the city — the city officially received 0.3” of snow — areas in the suburbs picked up 1 to 5 inches, depending on location. To get accumulating snow in nearly the middle of April is historic. Moving on from this insanity, we finally close this cold weather chapter and begin a much warmer one this week. We will surge to 80 in the next 7 days and not a snowflake is in sight. Eventually the surging warmth to our South has to take over and kick winter’s cold away. That transition looks to take place after April 15th. So, if you’re tired of the cold,

we will soon shake winter off for good… and I mean it this time! Expect more 80s to get in the forecast the next three weeks as well as those famed April showers (not snow showers...sheesh!) to become more frequent. Wednesday will be a nice day with plenty of sunshine. It will be very comfortable during the day, but watch for a stiff breeze that could blow your hat away! Thursday is warm, sunny and continued nice with temperatures in the middle 60s. Friday starts sunny, but we need to look to the east as a storm forms off the coast and tries to kick cloudy damp weather our way Friday night. Saturday is the worst day of the week because it will be cloudy with OFF and ON drizzle and temperatures will be

cool in the 50s. Cloudy, cool and wet — yuck, yuck and yuck. Sunday is warmer as temperatures jump back to the 60s. Clouds and light rain could linger in the morning, with sunshine returning in the afternoon. So it could be a tale of two weather experiences in one day. Monday is the best day of the week. It will be 80 degrees and beautiful! Yesssss! Showers may move through at night, but no one cares because the day will be soooo nice. On Tuesday we “cool” down again to the 60s, but it will still be beautiful.

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The Spirit of the Riverwards – April 13, 2016 W R I T T E N B Y D AV E M E Y E R S

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f hearing about The Hatchery’s return to Fishtown conjures images of captive-bred poultry or a reunion show for a Phish cover band, don’t worry — I imagined the same sort of things. Frankly, after finding out that The Hatchery is, in fact, a grassroots fiction reading series, I wasn’t much more interested. Full disclosure: As a former creative writing major and chronic abuser of extra credit opportunities, I’ve begrudgingly attended my fair share of amateur readings at toocool-for-school coffee shops. So when Spirit News enlisted me to attend The Hatchery’s March reading, I was haunted by flashbacks of troubled undergrads sharing awkward personal stories of anguish and abuse, thinly veiled as works of fiction or poetry. However, all of my fears were alleviated when I learned that the event showcased some of the Delaware Valley’s best fiction writers and was unassumingly based out of the The Monkey Club — a hidden gem of a corner bar straddling the borders of Fishtown and Kensington, fully deserving of its own “don’t judge a book by its cover” editorial review. I arrived there on Wednesday, March 23, seconds before the reading’s advertised 7PM start time, (which apparently, wasn’t strictly enforced). It was The Monkey Club’s first time hosting the monthly event; The Hatchery’s previous venue-of-record, Bobby’s Bar on Frankford Avenue, recently shut its doors for the last time. Despite it also being The Hatchery’s first gathering since its season-long hiatus, the event remained popular among a loyal constituency, as evidenced by the mixed bag of about 20 semi-bookish-looking patrons strewn about the tiny bar when I arrived. In accordance with habit, I bought a beer, took a seat at the bar and waited for something to happen. A couple seats down, I took notice of a long-haired guy who gave off an inexplicable aura of authority. Sure enough, it was Sean Kearney, one of The Hatchery’s co-founders. During the summer of 2015, Kearney, with help from The Head & The Hand Press — a Fishtown-based independent publisher that continues to contribute resources and connections to The Hatchery, was introduced to the other half of The Hatchery’s executive board, Tracey Levine, Coordinator for the Creative Writing Concentration and Assistant Professor of English at Arcadia University. Levine and Kearney shared a desire to establish The Hatchery in response to the Riverwards’ apparent shortage of such literary outlets. By September of last year, The Hatchery was in full swing, featuring readings from the likes of Nic Esposito, Paul Lisicky, Nathalie Anderson and more. After our meeting, Kearney informed me that we would “head upstairs in a few minutes, once more people get here.” More people? He was right. To my surprise, before long, the bar had amassed a crowd of more than 40. Following Kearney’s instruction, we reconvened on The Monkey Club’s spacious second floor, which was comfortably crowded and dimly lit — fitting for the evening’s festivities. From behind a desk lamp-turned-spotlight, Kearney took the stage, greeting and welcoming us, the guests. Levine then introduced us to the fishbowl — a crowdplay exercise in which slips of paper were distributed and members of the audience were encouraged to write brief responses to one of three fill-in-the-blank prompts, including “I was so distraught by the absence of The Hatchery, I drowned my sorrows in [blank] and [blank].”

Photos by Dave Meyers Responses were collected in the bowl, from which select submissions would be chosen to win prizes later on. But first came the night’s main attraction: The readers. The first to perform was Christopher D. DiCicco, author of “So My Mother, She Lives in the Clouds” (Hypertrophic Press), followed by Sarah Rose Etter, author of “Tongue Party” (Caketrain Press) and co-founder of South Philly’s TireFire Readings. Both authors were eloquent and charismatic in their deliveries, sharing works that were wonderfully bizarre and rich in syntax, as exemplified by the memorable imagery that came to mind when Etter recited, “music pounded in your ribs like spears.” The proceeding intermission offered a welcome opportunity to congregate at the bar downstairs for reflection and digestion of the works that had just been shared. After 15 minutes, hosts Kearney and Levine smoothly transitioned into the second half of the show, selecting winners from the fishbowl, including my girlfriend, who was awarded a Deviant Quarterly chapbook package, (complete with patch, sticker, and button), while others won $10 Monkey Club bar tabs — not bad hauls for an event with free admission! The readings continued with captivating short stories and excerpts from award-winning authors, co-host of TireFire, Jaime Fountaine, whose work has appeared in PANK, along with Chris Tarry, “How To Carry Bigfoot Home”

(Red Hen Press), whose work has appeared in MAD Magazine, Funny or Die and The Literary Review. With each reading lasting only 15 to 20 minutes, all of the featured authors left me wanting more and swallowing my initial, cynical assumptions — a Pultizer Prize-sized testament to the quality of The Hatchery’s author-curating skills. Fortunately, more is on the way, starting with The Hatchery’s April 20th reading series at The Monkey Club, beginning at 7PM, or thereabout. The evening’s featured readers will include an impressive assortment of established and emerging talents, including Justin Kramon, a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and author of “Finny” (Random House) and “The Preservationist” (Pegasus); renowned Egyptian-American poet, Maryan Captan; Tamara Oakman, whose poetry and fiction has appeared in Painted Bride Quarterly; and last but not least, Robin Black, author of ”If I Loved You, I would Tell You This” (Random House), named Best Book of 2010 by numerous publications, including the San Francisco Chronicle and The Irish Times.

For more information about future reading installments, follow The Hatchery on Facebook: @The Hatchery Reading Series. And don’t miss the reading on Wednesday, April 20th — a sure-fire crowd-pleaser for enthusiasts of literature and libations alike! ·

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The Spirit of the Riverwards – April 13, 2016 WRITTEN BY THOMAS BECK

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ou may know him from Comedy Central’s Delco Proper, a new web series about three blue-collar friends struggling to avoid trouble while trying to make a name for themselves, but comedian Tim Butterly is in fact from the Riverwards. Born and bred in Harrowgate, Butterly came from a very large Irish Catholic family. As children, in an effort to combat the reality of their less-than-lavish lifestyles, Butterly and his friends liked to pass the time by engaging in good-natured ribbing and ferocious battles of wit. This is when his sense of humor really started to blossom. Butterly attended St. Joan of Arc Elementary School and graduated from Northeast High School after having been accepted into a magnet program for gifted students. He would rather have gone to North Catholic — the neighborhood parochial school all his friends attended — but was instead forced to take two buses every day to Northeast. “In high school I was constantly acting out, probably in response to feeling so isolated from everyone I knew,” Butterly said. At one point he and several of his classmates created a website on which poked fun at their peers, in a sense, roasting them online. He has now been working as an IT employee for the past 10 years. He despises his job and is not at all ashamed to admit it. “Every day you show up, and [there are] new problems,” he said. “You never feel like you finished your job.” Butterly likes to counter his customers’ unsavory attitudes with a dash of friendly comedy to ease any tension. “Getting a laugh out of someone like that goes a long way toward making your own day easier,” he said. “Humor is the ultimate defense mechanism.” He also has worked as a tour guide for Philadelphia Brewing Company, a side gig he much more thoroughly enjoyed. Though quite the traveling enthusiast, Butterly is without question a homebody and is not at all interested in permanent relocation. “Sometimes I worry that if I moved somewhere that was different, I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night,” he said. He married a friend from high school with whom he reconnected several years after graduation. The couple has two kids: an eight-year-old daughter named Lucy and a fiveyear-old son named Ben. Both children are currently enrolled in Northwood Academy Charter School. Butterly, though always a fan of comedy, admitted he never would have attempted stand-up had his wife not repeatedly urged him to do so. “If I hadn’t gotten married and had kids, I never would have tried it,” he said. He first performed at a bar called NoChe in Center City by Rittenhouse Square. He was understandably nervous the first handful of times. “I used to pace back and forth hours before I would even leave to go do stand-up,” he said.

His style was introspective and opinionatedly observational. He attempted to steer clear of more traditional, garden-variety approaches to comedy. Butterly was influenced a great deal by local, lesser-known comedians as opposed to those of more widespread renown. When he first began, Butterly was performing roughly four nights a week. He kept at it for five straight years, honing his craft and perfecting his routine. With the passage of time, he began to perform less and less; it has now been more than six months since his last show. “Maybe I could like it again someday,” he said, “but right now I just don’t enjoy doing stand-up.” Though his stand-up career has been placed temporarily on the back burner, his comedic muscles are still very much being flexed. Butterly, along with fellow comedians Tommy Pope and John McKeever, launched a web series entitled Delco Proper whose pilot episode was picked up by Comedy Central. They have since been asked to make three more shows and if all goes well, Delco Proper will eventually earn itself a regular spot on cable television. Butterly co-stars in and cowrites the show. He admitted, though, to being more a man of ideas. “I think in my ideal situation, I would just sit in a room and someone else would be sitting in there with a typewriter. I would just throw ideas out and they would organize them into something that could work,” he said. “I’ve found people that that works well with. Hopefully, that’s the key to success for me and my buddies.” If Delco Proper continues to grow and develop, Butterly will unflinchingly, summarily and joyfully quit his IT job without so much as a moment’s hesitation. “I’m going to write my resignation letter on a football and spike it into my boss’s office from a helicopter outside of the building,” he declared. In addition to his web series, Butterly serves regularly as a panelist for local theater groups such as Good Good Comedy. ·

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Continued from Page 1. Lucky for Cramp, he was able to marry into a prominent shipbuilding family. His wife, Sophia Miller, had two aunts who married fishermen (William Sutton and John Bennet), a mother who married a fisherman (Henry Miller), and an uncle who was a shipbuilder. Cramp spent the fishing offseason as a shipwright (shipbuilder), until his uncle got him an apprenticeship at William Grice’s Kensington Shipyard. In 1830, Cramp would open his first shipyard, which built wooden ships, on the Delaware River in Kensington. Shortly after, in 1846, the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad obtained waterfront property in the area as well in order to create a large coal trading industry in Philadelphia. Because of the railroad news, I.P. Morris (Philadelphia’s largest producer of iron castings that was founded in 1828) also relocated to Port Richmond. With the railroad company, iron casting business, and Cramp’s Shipbuilding, the neighborhoods of Port Richmond and Kensington became home to large numbers of industrial workers in these companies. Cramp’s would move to a larger area in Richmond and eventually expanded to rent out the Norris Street yard on the Delaware River in 1870. By the 1920s, Cramp’s covered the entire Delaware Riverfront from Norris Street to Cumberland Street. With the numbers of workers growing and with new technologies in metal shipbuilding becoming common, Cramp became larger and more successful and had two of his sons (Charles and William) become his business partners in 1857. In 1863, the same year as Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation (for historical context), Cramp’s other three sons (Samuel, Jacob, and Theodore) joined the family business as well. The firm was renamed “William Cramp and Son’s Shipbuilding.” In 1877, William Cramp’s health begins to decline and he passed away on July 6, 1879 in Atlantic City. His sons, specifically Charles, take over the business. William Cramp was responsible for the construction of 225 vessels in his life. The first huge accomplishment of the Shipyard after the death of William was the launching of the USS Baltimore in 1888. At the time, the ship cost $1,546,172 to build, but today it would be about 25 times as expensive. The USS Baltimore included four 8” guns, six 6” guns, eight secondary rapid-fire guns, and held 328 men. On May 24th, 1890 the USS Baltimore became the flagship (ship that carries the commanding admiral in a fleet) of the North Atlantic Squadron. Another great accomplishment came in 1894 when the shipyard launched the SS St. Louis (the largest liner ever built in the United States at that time) in front of a cheering crowd of 25,000 people. In the crowd were President Grover Cleveland and the First Lady with Shipyard President Charles Cramp. The SS St. Paul, the sister ship of St. Louis, launched the same year.

Another painted glass tribute to Cramp, who was an Elder at the First Presbyterian Church in Kensington

A copy of the Memorial service to William Cramp

Painted glass window tributes to Camp adorn the First Presbyterian Church in Kensington

A few years later, on February 15, 1898, the American Battleship Maine explodes in Havana Harbor in Cuba. Mistakenly considered a Spanish attack by the U.S. (it was not), the consequence was a declaration of war by the United States Congress on April 25, 1898. This is the beginning of the Spanish-American War. Stationed in Hong Kong, the Crampbuilt USS Baltimore would be integral in the attack against the Pacific fleet of the Spanish. Behind only the USS Olympia, Baltimore entered Manila Bay, the Spanish stronghold in the Philippines. In less than two hours, Commodore George Dewey’s fleet destroyed the entire Spanish fleet in the Pacific. The Cramp-built SS St. Paul was also commissioned during the Spanish-American War and it successfully took out undersea communication lines in the West Indies with specialized heavy equipment on the underside of the ship on May 19th. After the war ends in December 1898, President McKinley visited William Cramp and Son’s Shipbuilding to “compliment the Officers and Crew of the Ship that Fired the First Shot at Manila” according to an April 28, 1899 Evening Bulletin headline. The SS St. Paul was also famous for the first wireless telegraph communication from ship to shore on November 22, 1899. Ships like the Baltimore, St. Louis, and St. Paul made William Cramp and Son’s Shipbuilding world famous. “The Imperial Russian Navy commissioned a state-of-the-art heavy cruiser, the Varyag, from Cramp’s” in 1899, according to Phillyhistory.com. Cramp’s Shipyard would become incorporated in the 1920s, removing the family from the business and it closed down in 1927 due to Post-World War I battleship construction restrictions. Between 1940 and 1945, the Shipyard opened back up for World War II, but closed down as the conflict ended. Between 1830 and 1946, William Cramp and Son’s Shipbuilding constructed over 500 vessels, including battleships, yachts, oil tankers, and more. Most importantly, the Shipyard brought countless jobs to the inhabitants of Port Richmond and Kensington for 100 years. ·


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e’re just getting back to our routine after taking a road-trip to visit my brother at the college he attends in the South. Between all the driving, a boatload of activities, and a toddler who needs to nap everyday, we ate on-the-go quite frequently. As we returned home late and on the eve before work and school, remembering that we had cleaned out the fridge prior to our trip was a kick in the gut. Starting with a blank slate, though, was refreshing. After eating my fair share of fast, fried foods on vacation, I was ready to get back to homemade meals. And, with nothing planned during the weeknights and weekends for the entire week following our road trip, I had a nice chunk of time to plan made-from-scratch dinners and lunches. This dish was the perfect transition between what I ate on the road and what I like to make at home. It combines the flavors I’m seeking when I cave for take-out while allowing me control in what ingredients — and how much of them — are added. Fresh ginger, orange juice and garlic, combined with hoisin sauce and brown sugar, create a sweet, caramelized coating for hearty chicken thighs. Hoisin Glazed Orange Chicken Adapted from Foodie Crush 4 cloves garlic, minced or pressed 1” knob ginger, peeled and grated 1 teaspoon sambal oelek (ground, fresh chili paste) 2 tablespoons orange zest 1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice 1 cup chicken broth ½ cup brown sugar ½ cup hoisin sauce 1 tablespoon coconut oil 1 ½ pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons sliced green onions Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, stir together garlic, ginger, chili paste, orange zest and juice, broth, brown sugar and hoisin sauce. Set aside. Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper. Heat coconut oil in a frying pan over medium high heat. Brown chicken on both sides (work in batches, if necessary), then transfer to a plate and set aside. Pour sauce mixture into the same pan and cook over medium heat and cook until reduced by a third. Add the chicken back to the pan and and bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven, remove chicken to a plate, and cook sauce over medium high heat until reduced by another third. Add chicken back to pan and garnish with green onions. ·

TIGERS THANK YOU The Port Richmond Tigers would like to thank everyone involved in making our recent “Easter Carnival” a big success, especially the good people of “Fortune Real Estate Partners c/o Stonehenge Advisors,” who generously allowed us the use of their lot (the old Northeast Hospital.) Without them, we could not have operated, so thank you! Also a huge thank you to the offices, both female & male (from the top to the bottom,) of the 24th district; who were like guardian angels watching over our entire event. You guys are the best! A big shout out to our small but steady work crew who, as always, continue to give their time to benefit all of our neighborhood children. Thanks to Spirit News for helping us get the word out. Lastly, thanks a million to the great families in our neigborhood who came out to support us all weekend and helped keep our carnival a fun and trouble free time. It is great to see so many families coming together to support our community.


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The Spirit of the Riverwards – April 13, 2016 Continued from Page 1. adelphia Sculpture Gym, and a surprise guest. The categories for the contest are Peoples’ Choice, Best in Show, Best in Motion, Best Craftsmanship, Best Use of Materials and a Young Artist award. “We really wanted to engage local college students, local artists, families and really anybody to help to create and participate in this competition,” Wilchinsky said. On Sunday, the Portside Arts Festival will also be holding their first Kan Jam Tournament. Each of the “kans” were decorated by kids from surrounding community schools to add an extra personal touch, like St. Laurentius School and Hackett Elementary School. This is the first time the festival will span over two days. Wilchinsky said community interest has steadily increased and over 5,000 community members are expected to attend this year. “I think it’s become so popular because it’s a great place for the community to come together and have fun,” Wilchinsky said. “There aren’t a lot of festivals in the city that aren’t just for kids. This festival is catered to families… We want families to come out and spend time together.” The Portside Arts Center values community engagement as much as they encourage community engagement with the arts, especially for children. “We believe art plays a big role in the academic success of a child’s life. When the center first opened, there was just nothing for the kids to do in the community,” Wilchinsky said. Portside Arts Center provides the community with visual art, performance art and music programs for people

of any age year-round, like an after-school arts program. To engage local artists, Portside Arts Center also offers a Young Artist Residency Program in which students volunteer once a week assisting teachers and then will be given a scholarship to attend one of their 6-week visual arts classes. The price of the classes offered vary. To ensure local families with limited resources can also take part in Portside’s programs, an application to a scholarship fund is available for families.

Wilchinksy said the Portside Community Arts Festival is the biggest fundraising event of the year for the scholarship and necessary to ensure the children of the community receive the well-rounded education they deserve. “It’s very important for kids to have that outlet of expression. Visual arts builds so many wonderful things for the children. It builds motor skills, their problem-solving skills, their vision-making skills. It gives them the freedom to create something and build on what they’re creating,” Wilchinsky said. ·

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new Tuesday, April 19, 7PM FNA ZONING MEETING This meeting will take place at the Fishtown Rec Center, 1202 E Montgomery Ave. All residents and business owners in Fishtown are eligible to vote. Please bring proof of residence or business ownership in the form of a driver’s license or a photo id and a lease, utility bill, or recent piece of mail addressed to your home or business. The meeting will concern 20 West Thompson St (Referral) – Proposal to convert use of existing unit into a single room residence. It will also discuss 1506 E Susquehanna Ave, through to Hewson St (Refusal) – Proposal for the subdivision of (1) existing lot into (2) new lots (Parcels A & B); for the demolition of an existing attached building and erection of a new attached single family home with accessory parking and roof deck on Parcel A; and for the addition of a roof deck on the existing single family home on Parcel B. Tuesday, April 12, 6-8PM SODA TAX Q&A Do YOU have questions, concerns about the Mayor’s ambitious plan to add 3 cents to every ounce of your sweet soft drinks to fund Pre-K and other programs in the city? Save this date, show up to Concilio, 141 E Hunting Park Ave., and be counted. Wednesday, April 13, 7:15PM EKNA ZONING MEETING EKNA Zoning meeting at Circle of Hope, 2007 Frankford Ave. Agenda: 2621-67 Frankford Ave: New construction of building (59’ tall) with commercial on first floor and one hundred seventy eight (178) residential units and eighty (80) off-street parking spaces. No bike parking provided. No yard (8’ required, but 0’ proposed). 2135 E Firth St: Subdivision of one lot into two lots. On one lot, demolition of structure and new construction of three-family dwelling. On other lot, continued use as storage and commerce vehicle repair. Refusals for not meeting standards of lot area, open area, and rear yard. 2068 E Boston St: New construction of two-family dwelling with balconies on lot zoned for single-family. 2113 E Dakota St: New construction of single-family house. Refusals for not meeting open area and rear yard. Please bring proof of address. Saturday, April 16, 10AM-12PM EKNA SPRING CLEAN UP The Annual Philly is here! Lunch for volunteers to follow at Phila Brewing Co. Meet at 10:00 am at one of our meetup locations: Franny Lou’s (York & Coral) Quick Stop (Sergeant & Huntingdon) Pop’s Playground (Trenton & Huntingdon) Frankford Garden (Frankford & Huntingdon) Tools, gloves, and bags will be provided. Saturday, April 16, 10AM-12PM FRIENDS OF HACKETT/ORCA CLEAN UP Friends of Hackett and ORCA are teaming up for the Philly Spring Cleanup on Saturday 4/16. Come volunteer your time to help with outside yard work and some interior organizing. Volunteers can enjoy a free BBQ provided by the Philadelphia Brewing Company afterwards. Saturday, April 16, 10AM-12PM NLNA SPRING CLEANUP CALLING NEIGHBORS: Sick of the litter and trash? Volunteer to clean up your block on Sat, April 16th, the Mayor’s Citywide Cleanup Day! The NLNA’s Community Center will be open 9AM-1PM with free tools and bags. Saturday, April 16, 9AM SOUTH KENSINGTON CLEAN UP South Kensington Community Partners is partnering with the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (PPAC), located at the corner of American Street and Master Street, to coordinate projects throughout the neighborhood as well as host a post-cleanup lunch for volunteers. Meet us outside PPAC at 9A< to register and join a project team. Then, after a few hours of cleaning we’ll return to PPAC to eat and celebrate our success. April 18, 6:30 EKNA APRIL MEETING Join us for the monthly general meeting at Philadelphia Brewing Company (Martha and Hagert). Topics will in-

clude: Arts Fest (May 21), zoning news, update to bylaws, and historic preservation Please review previous months minutes here for approval: ekna.org/meeting-minutes/ April 27, 7PM NLNA MEETING ON QUALITY OF LIFE ISSUES Mark your calendar: Wednesday, April 27, NL Community Center (3rd & Fairmount), 7PM - a meeting featuring NLNA Quality of Life Coordinator Lara Kelly and several city officials to discuss the quality of life issues that are so important to many neighbors. April 30, 9AM ANNUAL NLNA PLANT SALE Mark your calendar: Saturday, April 30, the yard of the NL Community Center (3rd & Fairmount), 9AM - it’s the annual NLNA plant sale, with flowers, annuals, perennials, vegetable plants, and herbs. April 26 PENNSYLVANIA PRIMARY ELECTION Pennsylvania’s Primary Election is April 26. Pennsylvanians will be able to cast primary votes in a number of elections, including President, US Senate, US House of Reps, PA Senate, PA House of Reps and Attorney General. Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 10:00 AM KENSINGTON COMMUNITY FOOD COOP COFFEE KLATCH Have a cuppa with members of the KCFC board, along with some casual convo and Q&A about the project timeline, co-op business or whatever else you’d like to know about what the board’s up to these days. Philly Fair Trade Roasters is supplying the fuel and we’ll have pastries, too. KCFC Headquarters is located at Coral & Lehigh. April 20, 7PM FNA GENERAL MEMBER MEETING On Wednesday April 20, at 7PM, come learn about kid-friendly things happening in Fishtown. You’ll hear from the 19125 Parents Coalition, including local public school advocates, and others who can discuss child-friendly opportunities for enrichment and fun. We have TWO local businesses to spotlight, including pediatrician Katrina Poblete, M.D., who is opening an office in the area, and 3 Mama Llamas, a local children’s and maternity goods consignment store. Philly Tree People will also be attending. So whether you’re a parent of young children or just want a tree in front of your home (or both!), this meeting is for you! As always, we’re meeting at the Fishtown Rec Center. Wednesday, April 27th from 6:30-9PM CANCER IN THE FLESH What happens when the body is attacked by cancer and survives? Very recently remitted cancer survivor Alex Wildman is acting as our model in this month’s installment of Go Figure, and he will show us that the answer is not always an ugly one. Please join us for a very special session of Go Figure — the Art Dept.’s open figure drawing session falling on the last Wednesday of every month. $15 covers model, drinks, and snacks. BYO supplies or purchase some here at the gallery. The Art Dept. 1638 E Berks Street Contact for further info- www.artdeptphilly.com Friday, May 6th from 6-9PM CRIME WAVE: NEW WORKS BY JAMES HEIMER Crime Wave is inspired by Heimer’s fascination with hardboiled writers like Chester Himes, Jim Thompson, Charles Willeford and Philadelphia’s own, David Goodis. The works exhibited are both a love letter and critical exploration of genre conventions and the iconography of sleazy, mid-century paperback publishing. The Art Dept., 1638 E Berks Street Contact for further info- www.artdeptphilly.com Wednesday, May 18st AMERICAN LEGION POST 152 RESORTS CASINO TRIP Bus will leave at 11:30 am from 2534 Thompson St. $26, $25 back. To reserve your space call Walt at 215-4261056. Saturday April 23, 4-6PM FISHTOWN COMMUNITY DINNER Where we open our doors and welcome every and anyone who wants to come out for a meal and be in fellowship

with their fellow neighbors. The meal is always free, to help ensure there are no barriers to fellowship. 1st Presbyterian Church, 418 E. Girard Ave 215-739-5695 www.1stpresbykensington.org

Saturday April 30, 2-3:30PM SISTER CITIES GIRLCHOIR SPRING CONCERT Sister Cities Girlchoir invites you to an upcoming concert celebrating Philadelphia-born singing legend, Marian Anderson. Sponsored by The Presser Foundation & Penn Treaty Special Service District and in partnership with First Presbyterian Church of Kensington (418 E. Girard Ave.) The FREE concert features performances by youth choirs from Philadelphia and Camden—including our Flagship Girlchoir based right here in Fishtown. Attendees should be prepared to hear music that connects to the social justice platform Ms. Anderson stood on throughout her career: a message of equality and freedom.

April 16, 17, 23 and 24 FISHTOWN AC TRYOUTS Fishtown AC is hoping to build at least two soccer teams at every age level for the upcoming season, and tryouts start Saturday. Bring your future soccer stars to Shissler Rec Center (1801 Blair St) on the corresponding date. Coaches and independent evaluators will be on hand. Saturdays 4/16 and 4/23 Girls born in 2005, 2007, 2009 - 1:00-2:30PM Girls born in 2006 and 2008 - 2:45 - 4:15PM Girls born in 2003 and 2004 - 4:30 - 6PM Girls born in 2002 and before - 6:15 - 7:45PM Sundays 4/17 and 4/24 Boys born in 2005, 2008 and 2009 - 1:00-2:30PM Boys born in 2006 and 2007 - 2:45 - 4:15PM Boys born in 2003 and 2004 - 4:30 - 6PM Boys born in 200 and before - 6:15 - 7:45PM

Tuesday, April 19, 8:30 to 10:30AM COMMERCIAL LEASING WORKSHOP Understanding and Negotiating a Commercial Lease and Finding Funding Hosted by Girard Bruncherie (300 E. Girard Ave) and featuring guest speaker John Ungar, Esquire, who will touch on:Understanding of basic lease terms; Review of a sample lease, addressing terms and conditions that the business should expect to see in a lease, with a focus on how these terms impact the tenant both financially and in terms of responsibility/liability; Items that may be negotiable; How to evaluate whether a lease is comparable to similar properties in the area. The second part of the presentation will point out a number of resources available to businesses, including funding and free technical assistance.

FISHTOWN LIBRARY EVENTS Tuesdays: Super Storytime: Join Miss Dana after school for stories and crafts! Tuesdays @ 4:15PM/ For ages 3 and up. Wednesdays: Toddler Storytime: Join Miss Dana for stories, songs, and silliness! Wednesdays @ 10:30AM. Wednesday, April 13 and 27, 4-5PM: PAWS Read to a Dog: Sit with our therapy dog, Miracle, and read him a story! All ages.

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The Spirit of the Riverwards – April 13, 2016 cancellations, or check us out on facebook at Friends of Campbell Square. May 30, Monday, 1-2PM MEMORIAL DAY June 5th, Sunday, 8AM-l:30PM FLEA MARKET June 21st, Tues., 7-9PM PASB (Polish American String Band) July 13th, Weds., 7-9PM CHARLIE GRACIE BAND July 27th, Weds. Dusk-FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT (tentative) Interested in volunteering? We want YOU! For example, help with scheduled gardening and maintenance at Campbell Square on Wednesday nights, 6:30-7:30PM, Spring/Summer park events and all year round! Through End of April RECREATE FEATURED ARTIST RECEPTION: SARAH KOLKER Sarah Kolker, a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and Moore College of Art, was born and raised in Philadelphia and has studied health and wellness practices in Philadelphia, Jamaica, SF Bay Area and New York City. Sarah is an Artist, Educator, Chef, Certified Yoga Instructor and Wellness Consultant. Sarah’s work will be shown at the Resource Exchange (1701 N 2nd St.) gallery until the end of April. Saturday April 16th, 1-3:30PM RECREATE WORKSHOP: ENVISIONING THE FUTURE, A VISION BOARD WORKSHOP We live in a world of changing times. Our well being is threatened by many things. We also live in a world of possibilities and an abundance of junk. If we focus on those things, we live in a really scary time. However getting stuck in the negative will not help much. What can we do to save ourselves and our home, the Earth? What happens when we turn that “junk” into something useful? We become resourceful! Participants will be shown examples of vision boards that Sarah has created, and offered time to journal about dreams and goals before creating their 2D or 3D vision board out of an assortment of reclaimed materials. Workshop fee: $5. Space is limited, so call 267-997-0060 or email us at info@ theresourceexchange.org to RSVP. NETWORKING MEETINGS Fridays, 8-9:30AM Philadelphia Mastermind Group Every Friday Morning B2B Networking at Front Street Café (1253 N Front St) For more info, contact Joe Scorese 215-290-5108 jscorese@firstrust.com 2nd Thursday of the Month, 12:00-1:30PM HAPCO/DIG/GPAR – Lunch & Learn Real estate meetup at the Greater Philadelphia Association of realtors (341 North Delaware Avenue, Suite 200) For more info, contact Joe Scorese 215-290-5108 jscorese@firstrust.com 3rd Wednesday of the Month, 6:30-8:30PM DIG/HAPCO – Philly Riverwards Sub Group Diversified Investors Groups meet up at Front Street Café (1253 N Front St.) For more info, contact Joe Scorese 215-290-5108 jscorese@ firstrust.com

e v en ts Saturday, April 16 POP’S PARK CLEANUP Friends of Pop’s Park is going to be hosting and participating in the Philadelphia city wide Spring cleaning day in and around Pop’s Park (Hazzard and Trenton) from 10AM to noon. There is a free BBQ lunch to follow the event and all cleaning supplies will be provided. We are actively looking for volunteers and folks can connect with us on Facebook @friendsofpopspark or email at info@friendsofpopspark.org Saturday, April 16 SPRING CLEANUP The Friends of Konrad Square will have a neighborhood cleanup at the Square. If you can volunteer, please come over and support your park. For more information call Vicky at 215-426-9654. Saturday, April 16 FNA CLEANUP FNA’s Beautification Committee will be leading some efforts to clean up around Fishtown. If you want to participate, meet at the Fishtown Rec Center, 1202 E Montgomery Ave., at 9:45AM. From there, volunteers will divide and conquer three different areas: Front & Girard, Aramingo & Norris, and the area surrounding the Fishtown Rec, Adaire, and Hetzel field. The more volunteers that come out, the more we can do! After the clean-up ends at 12noon, all volunteers are invited back to The Philadelphia Brewing Company on Frankford Avenue (2440

Frankford Ave) for a free BBQ. To ensure the safety of all volunteers, the 26th District will have officers posted at each of the cleanup sites. Come out, meet your neighbors, and help make the city a little more beautiful. Saturday, April 23 FLEA MARKET The Friends of Konrad Square will host a flea market from 8AM-3PM at the intersection of Tulip and Dauphin Streets. Anyone interested in renting a space should call Vicky at 215-426-9654. Sunday, April 17, 12:30PM to 4PM THE 2016 FNA CHILI COOKOFF! You can’t have spring without the annual Fishtown Neighbors Association Chili Cookoff. We’re back for our sixth year, this time at The Fillmore so we can accommodate even more chili lovers! As always, advanced tickets are recommended. $20 gets you admission and unlimited chili, and $25 gets you all that AND an FNA pint glass! Get your tickets at www.universe.com/fnachili2016. Tickets will be sold at the door for $25, while they last. All drinks will be sold separately. There are still spots available to compete! Fishtown residents and businesses can compete for the title “Best Homemade Chili.” Restaurants can compete for the title, “Critics Choice.” If you want to show off your chili-making chops, email us at events@fishtown.org and we’ll fill you in on the rules and day-of details. Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24 PORTSIDE COMMUNITY ARTS FESTIVAL & PHILLY PUFF 2016 The Portside Community Arts Festival is Portside Arts Center’s biggest outdoor annual community arts event featuring local talented artisan vendors, popular food trucks, children & teen crafts, live youth music & dance workshops, raffles, 50/50’s, a moon bounce and the 3rd Annual Philly Puff, an inflatable sculpture contest. All of the proceeds raised during the event will support Portside’s students scholarship fund for families of limited resources. The event will take place from 12-5PM at Penn Treaty Park. More information PortsideCommunityArtsFest.org &phillypuff.org. Thursday, April 28th, 6PM PHILLY HOME GIRLS PRESENT FRIENDS OF ADAIRE AND ADAIRE HSA BENEFIT CONCERT FEATURING ANDREW LIPKE AND JOHN BYRNE Join us at Adaire school as we celebrate the revamping of our school’s auditorium, and welcome musician/composer/producer Andrew Lipke and internationally acclaimed Celtic folk act The John Byrne Band, who will play alongside elementary school students at a benefit concert. Doors open at 6PM with a food truck serving food. Free parking will be available in the schoolyard at Thompson and Palmer streets. The silent auction and 50/50 raffle start at 6:30. Musical performances begin at 7. Childcare and activities provided by Palmer Pond Arts Center will be available for children. The audience will be invited to attend an afterparty at Frankford Hall. You can buy your

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Saturday, April 30 COMCAST CARES DAY! Adaire has been selected once again as a site for Comcast Cares Day, a day of volunteer service sprucing up the school. Comcast is providing lots of volunteers and incredible resources to help us make our school look fantastic. This year, we’re focusing on inside the school, and the wonders we can work together are (almost) limitless! But we need YOU, too! Comcast is not only providing supplies, breakfast, resources, and volunteers, they also have this AMAZING incentive for us: For every volunteer who signs up online, Comcast will also provide MONEY in a grant based on how many volunteers sign up! That money came up HUGE this year because of the state budget impasse. But be sure to list “Friends of Adaire” as the “host organization.” Please plan to join us on April 30th from 8AM-2PM and register here: http://www.comcastinthecommunity.com/Project/ Detail?projectId=6944

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CASINO FUNDRAISER The Ladies of Port Richmond are hosting a casino fundraising trip to Atlantic City to help fight breast cancer. The cost is $30 with $25 to play. The bus leaves from Campbell Square on May 1 at 11:15AM. Call Marylou at 215-427-3222 or Marie at 215-743-3461 for more information.

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The Spirit of the Riverwards – April 13, 2016 WRITTEN BY THOMAS BECK

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arman Deutsch Architects proposed several changes to a live-work development project at 1222 North 2nd Street in South Kensington. As we previously reported, the building was originally set to include eight live-work spaces and commercial space on the first floor, along with 78 other apartments (each with their own balcony), and a green roof terrace on the fourth floor. The committee behind the Civic Design Review extolled the designers’ proposed amendments. Each floor will now be reduced by one live-work space and an apartment unit to boot. There will be a total of seven work spaces and more than 64 apartment units. The new proposal also includes a green roof, cafe seating along American and Thompson Streets and a pedestrian pathway partitioning the structure. An industrial warehouse is at present situated there. A little more than a year ago, Philadelphia Scooters ap-

proached the Olde Richmond Civic Association (ORCA) with the intent of opening a new location at 2365 - 2367 East York Street. But their efforts apparently never came to fruition. At the end of last year, the owners of the garage

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Marge Wible is an invaluable presence at the Lutheran Settlement House (LSH) Senior Center. From assisting handicapped members and distributing daily meals at the center, to volunteering at local children’s events and supporting veterans in her free time, she is a powerhouse. When LSH first began its monthly Fishtown Community Meals program, she was one of the first to volunteer. The monthly meals, which are free and open to everyone, bring together Senior Center members, local teens from LSH’s Food, Farming, & Nutrition Afterschool program, and community members to share in cooking and eating healthy food. “I like mingling with everyone and seeing the smiles on their faces. I think the fact that the food we cook is healthy is fabulous,” Marge says of the monthly meals. The meals are possible because of a new commercial-grade demonstration kitchen on the first floor of LSH, funded by Penn Treaty Special Services District (PTSSD) as part of a larger renovation project that was completed this past November. The 2015 grant of $55,000 from PTSSD not only assured completion of the commercial grade demonstration kitchen, but expanded food cupboard storage capacity and massively increased food distribution to low-income Fishtown residents. In just the past two years PTSSD has generously awarded LSH grants totaling well over $100,000 to improve and expand the LSH facilities and better accommodate our many programs. This year, PTSSD has extended their support with a $63,232 grant to repair our exterior walkways, upgrade our bathrooms, and replace the second floor doors of the LSH building at 1340 Frankford Ave. These renovations mean that we will be able to accommodate the basic needs of our Bilingual Domestic Violence Program, our Adult Education Program, and our Administrative and Development teams, all of which are located on the second and third floors where the renovations will mainly take place. LSH has been located on Frankford Ave since the 1930s and the building has desperately needed these renovations for quite some time. Additionally, PTSSD recently became a sponsor for LSH’s annual Women of Courage Awards Ceremony and Luncheon, which honors women from the Philadelphia community who have triumphed in the face of adversity and demonstrate resilience and strength. At this year’s ceremony, we will be honoring Marge with the Women of Courage Spirit Award for her fierce dedication to her community. The continuous and enthusiastic support of PTSSD makes it possible for LSH to empower people like Marge and many others like her. We could not be more grateful to PTSSD for helping us improve our space and we look forward to how these improvements to our facilities will allow us to continue to give back to the community in new and innovative ways. With gratitude and determination, Kelly Davis, Executive Director of Lutheran Settlement House ·


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