Wednesday, June 23, 2010

I-95 Update

by Jeff George

I Just left an very informational and enlightening meeting at the Tacony Music Hall with PENNDOT Engineers, Tacony Civic Association President Mary Benussi, Zoning Chairman and former Civic President Lou Iatorola, Streets Chairman and also fromer Civic President Anthony Naccarato, and Representatives from State Rep. Mike McGeehan's office about the future/development of the neighborhood during the completion of the first phase of the 95 Revive project. Phase 1 is "scheduled" to be completed by May 2011. Phase 2 will start soon there after.

Homeowners on Princeton Ave.(below Torresdale) should keep their eyes and ears open about a meeting in the near future about the lighting and the planting of new trees along the newly finsihed area. Before anything is started, the homeowners/businesses will get a chance to see a rendering of the proposed project and they will be asking for feedback and suggestions.

The developer that owns the riverfront property off Magee St. plans to build new townhomes within the next 3-5 years. The "new" Tacony Academy Charter School may be relocating to that vicinity also. This will be a positive asset to the future of our neighborhood. Soon after, there are some ideas to open a farmers market down on the Tacony riverfront. The positive chain reaction will soon follow. So lets stay upbeat and participate in the Civic Meetings and Community Events about the future changes in Tacony. The Delaware River City Corporation along with PENNDOT will be develop bike paths, walking trails and more green spaces before and after both phases of the 95 Revive project.

Its 95 degrees and I don't have the air conditioning on in my "office"/spare bedroom, so I'm going to end this update. Check out the following websites for future updates:


Jeff George

Saturday, June 19, 2010


Are you on Facebook? So are we. Here's the page for our group, Tacony Civic on Facebook. Why not join us?

Friday, June 18, 2010

New Engine 38 Firehouse News

As you may know we lost our firehouse last year for the Interstate 95 expansion project. This was Tacony's 2nd firehouse. Ironically our first firehouse was razed to make way for I-95 too.

Each of firehouse was very much of their era. The first, built in the last 1800s, was Victorian. The 2nd, built in the 1950s or 60s, was a modern brick building in somewhat of an international style. Our new firehouse will be extremely modern and will be completely green. It will be the City of Philadelphia's first totally green building. Here is the architectural firm's website:

This project falls under the 1% for public art. The artist, Zhao Suikang, is formulating his ideas and has not developed the total concept yet. It is expected to involve multiple small bronze sculptures and plaques along a pathway in Disston Park. He got great information on Tuesday and is coming back for more in depth discussions. What have heard so far has us very excited. The artist hopes to obtain some equipment, artifact or apparatus symbolizing the saw works that he can create a sculpture with. He's pretty juiced up about this project, and he's done some pretty amazing stuff. Also he factored no salary into the project and is contributing all his time, devoting the whole budget to materials. His website:

Groundbreaking should be late Summer or early Fall.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Summer Programs at the Tacony Library

Summer Programs at Tacony Branch Library

Make a Splash @ your Library Summer Reading Kick-off program.
Wednesday, June 16 at 6:30 p.m.
Mr. Malcolm’s Interactive Theater
Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Sea Science and Aqua Art
(for grades 1 -4)
Thursday, June 24 @ 10:30 a.m.
Learn about the different sizes and shapes fish come in and why they look the way they do. Then make a craft related to your lesson.
Participants will have the opportunity to interact with live tidepool animals. Space is limited! Pre-registration Required! To register, call Tacony Library @ (215) 685-8755.

Sharks: Tooth or Consequences!
(for grades K-6)
Thursday, June 24 @ 2:00 p.m.
Are sharks actually as dangerous as people think? Who is really the ocean’s top predator? Learn about sharks large and small, find out why sharks are such skillful hunters, touch shark jaws, and take home a genuine shark tooth. With live shark if available. Space is limited! Pre-registration Required! To register, call Tacony Library @ (215) 685-8755.

Thursday, July 1 at 10:30 a.m.
Water Works
(for ages 3-5)
In this hands-on class, the Mad Scientist will introduce children to the importance of water to their bodies and the environment. Children will participate in experiments that demonstrate how weight and density determines whether objects sink or float. Each participant will make their own shimmering sparkle water tube to take home. Space limited! Pre-Registration Required!

Thursday, July 1 at 1:30 p.m.
Wacky Waves
(for ages 6-12)
This interactive class will increase students understanding of the properties of water. Our Mad Scientist will encourage children to become problem solvers as they clean up a simulated oil spill with as little damage to the environment as possible. Participants will learn about the effects of pollution on marine organisms and vegetation. Each student will also take home their own wave modulator. Space limited! Pre-Registration Required!

Friday July 2 at 2pm
Puppet Making with Bonnie Bacich
Have fun making your own puppet from a balloon and paper mache. Pre-registration required. For ages 10-16. Limited to 20 participants.

Thursday July 8 at 1:00 pm
CPR For Teenagers
Presented by the American Red Cross, this 3 ½ hour workshop trains responders to overcome any reluctance to act in emergency situations and to recognize and care for life-threatening respiratory or cardiac emergencies in adults. Participants will earn Red Cross Certification in CPR. For ages 12 and up. Pre-registration required.

Thursday July 15 at 11:00 a.m.

Yoga for Children
(A family program suitable for children ages 3 and up)
Yoga has been shown to be beneficial to children by helping them develop better body awareness and self-control along with helping to instill calm, confidence and balance.
Join Rita Pandya in this special morning yoga workshop sure to be a hit with young children. Participants will exercise their bodies as well as engage their imaginations as they pretend to be various animals of the jungle. Please bring a yoga mat or a large towel. Space limited! Pre-Registration Required.

Thursday July 22 at 2pm
T-Shirt Decoration with Bonnie Bacich
Make a design to go on a t-shirt (or banner). Non messy and fun! Bring a white cotton T-shirt. For ages 8 and up. Pre-registration required.

From June 16-August 11 children (pre-schoolers to teenagers) can join the 2010 Summer Reading Game and win cool prizes! Play at your local library or online at

Calling young photographers entering grades 6-9 to enter our “Tacony in the Frame” photo contest!
Be inspired by the book Framed by Frank Cottrell Boyce in which the characters look at their town with fresh eyes and see its hidden beauty. Take your camera into the streets of Tacony and look for the unusual, hidden, or beautiful sights all around you. This could be a view from an alternative angle, your favorite place to go in Tacony, the contrast of old and new together, or simply a small detail in the street that stands out to you. Win a digital camera and other cool prizes! Cameras will be provided for each participant.
Registration forms for the contest can be picked up at Tacony Library between June 7- July 9.

For more information or to reserve a place for any of these events contact Tacony Library, 6742 Torresdale Avenue, 215-685-8755.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Help Parks & Recreation Now!!!

Our Voice Needs to be Heard! Please Take Action Now!
You've heard from us a lot lately, but that's because there's critical work left to be done to protect Philadelphia's parks and recreation. Please participate in the 2nd round of letters and calls to City Council. Thank them for supporting the Mayor's proposed budget for FY 2011 and call on them to go back to the table and find the revenue to make that budget a reality! Without their help, a portion of the funding proposed for the Department of Parks and Recreation may be cut in the Mayor's attempt to make ends meet. The Department can't afford anymore cuts! On top of decades of underfunding, parks and recreation have both been cut by almost 28% since January, 2009 - plus a $1 million reduction for tree maintenance and planting. Click here for more information.WHAT WE NEED TO DO RIGHT NOW:
Please take a moment now to click here and send a letter to Council members, even if you've already written to them.
Direct your colleagues, friends, neighbors and families to where they can link in and send a letter.
If you have a bit more time, leave phone messages for members of City Council. Click here to find out who your Council representative is and find their phone number.
If you can get to City Hall, stop by Council offices and leave the same message. Click here for Council contact info.
Send personalized letters to City Council members the old fashioned way. They will read them.
Thank you for all that you do for Philadelphia's parks and recreation,The Philadelphia Parks Alliance