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Cedar Park Neighbors is a vollunteer-run neighborhood civic association chartered by the City of Philadelphia since the 1960's. CPN promotes the Cedar Park neighborhood as a safe, stable and livable residential community

Text of CPN newsletter March 2013

  • March 2013

    Cedar Park Neighbors Newsletter

    Presidents Message: Cedar Park A Great Place to Raise a Toddler

    On an unusually mild Saturday inMarch 2009, I took my daughterZora to Gojjos. We sat out in the backyard and ate a delicious dinner.It was Zoras first visit to a restaurantin West Philly. It was also her first visitto a restaurant ever. She was 10 days old.

    Like me, Zoras a big fan of Cedar Park.I cant imagine a better place to raise athree year old. For the past two summers,weve planted sunflowers in front of ourhouse, and shes excitedly tracked theirgrowth as they grew taller much taller! than her. When its warm enough, wego for a walk around the neighborhood,and I tell her the names of the flowersand trees that we walk past. She loveshydrangeas and lilies and pansies. Sofar, she can tell the difference between aLondon plane tree and a Norway maple,but thats about it for her tree knowledge.

    We go to Desi Village for a mango lassi.We buy a book at Bindlestiffs. We watchthe cats sleeping in the window of theBaltimore Pet Shoppe. I let her choosea cookie at the Gold Standard. Shes justbegun to climb the steep, steep stairs atStudio 34 on her own, when we go upto listen to music or to see an art show.

    She knows that we take the 42 bus toher daycare when its raining and the 64to the Please Touch Museum. She thinksthat the 34 is her own personal trolleyand cant wait to put the token in thebox all by herself as we get on.

    Shes a big fan of the free kids concertssponsored by Crossroads Music in thechapel at Calvary. She grooves to the jazzon Friday nights at Cedar Park. Shes takena few ballet classes at The Studio at Takethe Lead on 47th Street. And when shewas younger, she laughed and danced atAll Around this World music classes heldin Jays living room over on Pine Street.

    Dont get us started on playgrounds.Shes a big fan of Cedar Park playgroundand the two playgrounds at Lea

    Elementary School and Malcolm X Parkand Clark Park and Barkan Park andWilson Elementary School and KingsessingRec Center and the new Walnut HillCommunity Playground. Zoras a bitof a playground connoisseur, so takeher recommendations seriously. (For more on her playground visits,check out zoraplays.com.)

    She rides her bike in the protected alleybehind our house. Her two closest friendslive within three blocks of our house. Andevery Sunday night for the past two years,we have dinner, with three other familieswith young children, in a rotating DinnerCo-op. All of our families live close by the furthest, in fact, is at 51st and Osage.

    I worry, of course, about the usualdangers of raising a child in a city. Butfor now, I feel lucky to live here withZora, surrounded by great friends andneighbors and fun things to share withher...

    CPN PresidentMichael Froehlich

    Left to right: Darin Edwards, Architect; Cassie Glinckowsky, Right-Sized Homes staff person;J. Fred Kauffman, TBI Board Chair; Ms. Sheila Riderand grandson Saadiq Tuggles; and JoAnn Jones,Deputy Director of the Office of Housing andCommunity Development. See story on page 3.

    because there is always somethinggood happening in Cedar Park! .

    SAVE THE DATE

    Monday, April 22The Cedar ParkNeighbors annualmeeting and Boardof Directions electionwill take place onMonday, April 22, 2013at 7p.m. at the CalvaryCommunity Center.All members whosememberships are current may votein the election. Allmemberships mustbe renewed at thebeginning of the year,so make sure yourmembership wasrenewed. More infor-mation on nomineesand meeting agendawill be sent in a spe-cial communicationbefore the meeting.Stay tuned!

    G R O U N D B R E A K I N G N E W S !

    CPN has a newphone number:267-BALT-AVE(267-225-8283)

  • Page 2 CPN Newsletter

    Thanks to All who Helped with the Holiday Food Baskets

    Victoria Iannotta,Holiday Basket Co-Chair

    We were so gratified thisyear to see the numberof volunteers that metthe Holiday BasketCommittee at RenewalPresbyterian Church tohelp pack holiday foodbaskets for distributionto the needy of our community.The annual event, which took placeon December 22, is the culminationof an effort that has become ayearly tradition in Cedar Park.

    Each year CPN works with organizations in our communityto identify those who would welcomethe gift of a holiday meal. Thanksto donations from so many localresidents and businesses, we wereable to provide food baskets to142 families, a total of 660 people.

    We would like to thank all ofthe Cedar Park residents who

    contributed to the project, and to particularly acknowledge severalarea organizations that supportedus this year. The Renewal Presby -terian Church very graciously openedtheir church to us. For the seventhyear, Browns ShopRite on OregonAvenue donated a $100 gift certificatewhich was used to help purchaseturkeys for the baskets. Fresh Grocerand Trader Joes supplied us withall of the bags that we needed topack the food. We would like toexpress our appreciation to eachof these organizations and to eachindividual whose gift of time ortreasure made the outreach possible.

    Volunteers packed Holiday Basketsthat fed 660 needy neighbors.

  • J. Fred Kauffman, Board Chairof The Beaumont Initiative

    The Beaumont Initiative (TBI) ispoised to begin construction of twonew accessible homes at 5015 and 5019Beaumont Street. Each home is approxi-mately 1,250 square feet with an entirelywheelchair livable first floor plus two bedrooms and bath on the second floor.

    With a subsidy from the citys Officeof Housing and Community Development(OHCD), the homes are selling for$171,000 each, with an additional Statesubsidy of $10,000 available. One homehas been pre-purchased for ten-year-oldRaymond Franklin, confined to a wheel -chair, by a trust fund set up for his care.His great-grandmother and caregiver,Ms. Sheila Rider, originally from WestPhiladelphia, is eager to move back to thisfamiliar neighborhood from the suburbs.

    At the December 13 groundbreaking,neighbors, funders, and public officialsjoined TBI along with Ms. Rider, to markthe imminent beginning of construction.Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell said,This development may only be two units,but these are two very important units.It is imperative that we provide safe, quality homes for all of our residents,and we are proud today to break groundon Sheila and Raymonds new home.

    Design for the new homes includes envi-ronmentally friendly features increasedinsulation levels and high-efficiency heat-ing/cooling and appliances. Glazing on thesouthern exposure windows will providesolar gain in the heating season, while blindswill shade the windows in the summer.

    TBI, a local non-profit organization,was launched in 2005 when members ofWest Philadelphia Mennonite Fellowshipand Calvary United Methodist Churchbegan planning with neighbors from the5000 block of Beaumont Street to acquireand rehabilitate some of the blocks 11then-vacant properties. Another local congregation, Renewal Presbyterian, soonjoined the effort and Wayne Presbyterianalso provided support.

    By December 2007, TBI had investedabout $20,000 in pre-development forrehabbing three adjacent row homes.TBIs four core congregations turnedout 50 volunteers to clean out one ofthe properties.

    But then, through a perfect stormof miscommunication, on December 18,2007, L&I ordered demolition of theproperties. It was a kick in the gut.

    Now, five years later, with TBIs capablepartner, Right-Sized Homes, LLC, andthe OHCD subsidy, the three lots havebeen re-surveyed to make two larger lotsin order to create space for livable firstfloors for wheelchair-bound residents.

    Anyone interested in purchasing theremaining home at 5019 Beaumont maycontact J. Fred Kauffman at 215-316-8419or [email protected]

    Two New Accessible Homes are Under Construction in Cedar Park

    March 2013 Page 3

    Partners with TBI in this effort are:

    Consultant/Co-developer: David Feldman of Right-Sized Homes, LLCArchitect: Daryn Edwards of Interface Studio ArchitectsGeneral Contractor: Joe Levin of JBL ConstructionFinancing: $158,625 subsidy from Philadelphias OHCDFinancing: Comerica Banks Special Trust Fund for Raymond Franklin, for 5015 BeaumontFinancing: Valley Green Bank, for 5019 BeaumontCity management: Philadelphia Redevelopment AuthorityLegal services: Dina Schlossberg, Ess., of Regional Housing Legal ServicesAccounting services: Rebecca Weber of Canopy Consulting, Inc.

    L&I demolition in December 2007.

    5015, 5017 and 5019 Beaumont Street in 2005, slated for rehab.

  • Page 4 CPN Newsletter

    GO WEST Craft Fest: Music and Tacos and Juggling and Crafts!

    This will be the biggest and best GO WESTyet! Local crafts, food, music and funcan be found on April 20, from 11 a.m.to 5 p.m. at The Woodlands, 40th Street& Woodland Avenue in West Philadelphia.

    More than 80 of the areas finest makersof unique gifts will show their wares, likejewelry, art prints & originals, paper goods,clothing, bath & body products, candles,home wares, childrens items and more.

    We are proud to welcome back Tinycircusby Tangle Movement Arts, to present a dazzling display of artful acrobatics.

    For your auditory entertainment, enjoylive music of the acoustic sort, bands TBA.All shows are free and open to the public.

    Children will enjoy Jay Sand of All Aroundthis World Music performing at 2 p.m., aswell as Ann from the Green Tambourinesharing instruments and demos. Arts andcrafts activities will be provided as randomacts of juggling throughout the day andFREE face painting.

    A variety of food options will also be pro-vided by local eateries, including the worlddebut of Taco Angeleno, Cedar Parks newmobile taqueria, serving LA-style Mexicancuisine. Savor a picnic lunch among theflowerin