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Update on Parkside Avenue Repaving Project

There has been a change in the schedule for full implementation of the Parkside Avenue Corridor Safety Project. 

The milling and pavement operation on Parkside from Girard Avenue – 52nd Street is well underway and the roadway will be restriped by PennDOT crews in early November. There will be a delay on the installation of the parking protected bicycle lane as we enter the winter. The striping will be completed in two phases: Phase 1 in November by PennDOT and Phase 2 in 2018 by the City. Phase 1 retains curbside parking on the both sides of Parkside Avenue and Phase 2 will install a parking protected bicycle lane on the north side of Parkside Avenue.

What you will see in November as part of Phase 1 will be slightly different than what was discussed in the previous blog post and stakeholder meeting. The parking will be at the curb on the northern part of Parkside and a two-way bicycle lane will be between the north parking lane and the westbound motor vehicle lane. This will be done in temporary paint to allow the City to come back in 2018 for Phase 2 and install the parking protected bicycle lane configuration.

Many pedestrian improvements will be completed in Phase 1 of the project, including improved pedestrian crossings at Belmont Avenue and as part of the Parkside Edge project at 41st Street, Marlton Avenue, and 42nd Street. 

The City will reach out with a final project schedule for the completion of the striping project in 2018. In addition, the Parkside Journal will report on this change for the information of the wider community.  With any questions, please reach out to Jeannette Brugger, the Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator for the City at





Parkside Avenue Repaving to begin The Week of October 23rd. 2017

Improvements Coming to Parkside Avenue

On 10/13, PennDOT announced in a press release (LINK that Parkside Avenue will be resurfaced this fall between Girard Avenue – 52nd Street. Parkside Avenue in those limits is a state road, which is why the paving is being done by PennDOT.

Resurfacing means that PennDOT crews will mill, or remove, the existing pavement and repave with new asphalt to provide a smooth roadway surface. Work will begin the week of October 23rd and continue for several weeks.

After the repaving is complete, the lines on the road will be restriped. You will notice that the lines will look different that before the repaving and will include pedestrian, motor vehicle, and bicycle safety measures.

Parkside Avenue is identified as part of the Philadelphia High Injury Network, which means that Parkside Avenue is a corridor with a high rate of traffic deaths and severe injuries. The City identified the High Injury Network as part of the Vision Zero Action Plan, which identified goals and actions towards decreasing traffic violence in Philadelphia.

The City focuses particularly on High Injury Network corridors for opportunities to change the design of the roadway to respond to a pattern of past crashes and prevent serious crashes in the future. You can find out more about the High Injury Network and Vision Zero at the Vision Zero Philly website: (LINK:

The new striping on Parkside Avenue will be completed by mid-November. The street will be reorganized to accommodate new safety measures for all users. There will have the same amount of travel lanes for cars, one in each direction, with a center turn lane. There will be new painted pedestrian refuge areas so that people who walk will have a shorter distance to travel across Parkside Avenue. There will be new bus stop areas for westbound busses in the parking lane to enable extra space to discharge passengers with mobility issues.

Finally, the north parking lane adjacent to West Fairmount Park will be offset from the curb to add a parking protected bicycle lane on the north curb. There are existing painted bicycle lanes on Parkside Avenue today. The new striping plan will move those bike lanes to the northern curb.

A parking protected bicycle lane exists in two places already in Philadelphia: Ryan Avenue and Chestnut Street. The bicycle lane is located between the curb and the parking lane to organize the vehicle space together with the travel lanes and increase the distance of people who walk and bicycle from moving cars.

If you have any questions or comments about the new street organization, please contact Jeannette Brugger, the City’s Pedestrian & Bicycle Coordinator at or 686-5521.






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Outward Bound Supporters Rappel 29 Stories for a Great Cause 

Building Adventure Fundraiser Raises Money to Fund Education Programs for more than 60 Philadelphia Public and Charter Schools

Where:  Brandywine Realty Trust’s Commerce Square  (2001 Market Street, Phila. Pa. 19103)

When:  October 20th, 2017

Time:  8:00am – 5:00pm

Philadelphia, PA. – For  the sixth year, supporters will raise money for Outward Bound’s annual fundraising event- Building Adventure. This year the event takes place in Center City at one of the most iconic skyscrapers in Philadelphia, Brandywine Realty Trust’s Commerce Square. Participants will rappel 29 stories down to literally “go over the edge” for Outward Bound, reflecting their mission to change lives through challenge and discovery.

All are invited to attend the event and cheer on the sponsors and supporters who will challenge themselves AND help Outward Bound meet the Challenge of educating Philadelphia’s future leaders.

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About Philadelphia Outward Bound School

Philadelphia Outward Bound School (POBS) is a non-profit educational organization with a mission to change lives through challenge and discovery. POBS single day (insight) and multi-day expedition courses and programs engage students from across the region in challenging activities that develop and enhance leadership and personal life skills.  Outward Bound works with students – both youth and adult – in small groups led by skilled and trained instructors in unfamiliar and often remote natural settings. Outward Bound’s world renowned experiential education programs allow students to discover personal character and leadership skills and develop a commitment to service to others. Outward Bound’s vision is to inspire a new generation of leaders who have a strong understanding of themselves and their importance to their community.











Fairmount Park Conservancy’s Annual “GLOW in the Park” Event

For one night only, the reflecting pool at the Horticulture Center in West Fairmount Park will be illuminated by an original light sculpture designed for the site by the artists David Guinn and Robert Goodman. The custom piece will serve as a focal point for the gathering of 400+ young professionals who come out to enjoy food, cocktails, and music in support of Philadelphia’s public parks.

When: Thursday, October 19, 6 – 9 pm

What: Speaking Program, 7:30 pm

WHERE: Reflecting Pool at the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center, 100 N. Horticulture Dr., Philadelphia, PA 19131

WHO: Brief remarks by Fairmount Park Conservancy’s Executive Director Jamie Gauthier and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell. Entertainment will be provided by globally-recognized guitarist Dai Miyazaki and the dance band Blues Junior.

This year’s GLOW in the Park will feature a menu of party favorites like sliders, fried cheese curds, pulled pork, and cupcakes as well as vegan options, Yards beer, and Tito’s vodka. Proceeds from the event will support creek restoration at nearby Lansdowne and Montgomery Creeks. Ticket prices range from $45 for members of Fairmount Park Conservancy to $75 for non-members and $100 at the door. Purchase tickets online.

Fairmount Park Conservancy exists to champion Philadelphia’s parks. We lead capital projects and historic preservation efforts, foster neighborhood park stewardship, attract and leverage investments, and develop innovative programs throughout the 10,200 acres that include Fairmount Park and more than 100 neighborhood parks around the city. Philadelphia has one of the largest urban park systems in the world, providing residents with extensive health, environmental, social, economic and cultural benefits – including access to some of the region’s most famous attractions.  For more information, please visit, join us at, and follow us on Instagram and Twitter @myphillypark.

Businesses host 30 free Community Book Depots on Lancaster Avenue

Leroy’s Barber Shop will host the Community Book Depots on Lancaster Avenue launch on Thursday, October 5. The depots are the result of a collaboration between West Philadelphia Action for Early Learning (AFEL), (a partnership between Drexel University and People’s Emergency Center), along with Philadelphia Reads, Read by 4th and West Philadelphia Promise Neighborhood. A modification of the “tiny libraries” that have become a literacy trend, people are encouraged to keep the books they pick up and read together as a family. Thirty neighborhood-oriented stores along Lancaster Avenue have opened space for a crate full of books inside their stores. The launch of the Community Book Depots will include presentation, a book demo, and a celebration of a diverse and committed community coming together to bolster early childhood literacy for all.

When:   Thursday, October 5th, 11:00am

Where: Leroy’s Barber Shop; 4123 Lancaster Ave, Philadelphia PA 19104


  • Invested neighbors of diverse backgrounds excited to encourage literacy for children
  • Autumn decorations and a classic barber shop
  • Short presentations from partner organizations
  • Resources available for neighbors

Contact: Trish Downey, PEC at 267-777-5811; 267-334-5778;

Join Families Forward at the Fifth Annual Jannie L. Blackwell Gala

Philadelphia, PA: Established in 1915, Families Forward Philadelphia has provided information, advice, guidance, protection and shelter to all who have walked through their doors. Originally catered to travelers experiencing our city, Families Forward has continued this legacy 102 years later, catering to the needs of Philadelphia’s homeless community.

We cordially invite you to join the Families Forward Philadelphia community on Wednesday, October 18 2017, from 6-9 PM at the Please Touch Museum to highlight another year of new beginnings for members within our community. This will be an adult and kid friendly event, so we encourage you to bring your family!

The Honorable Jannie L. Blackwell will be in attendance as we enjoy a wonderful evening. Councilwoman Blackwell has made a lifelong commitment to move her community forward, and has always worked to foster an end to homelessness, neighborhood blight and poor public education through the tools of public policy, legislation and public involvement. Her overall vision is to improve her constituents’ quality of life – regardless of race, class, gender, or socio-economic status.  She continues to believe that there is a solution to every problem, and that when we work together, everybody wins.

Alongside our community we’re honored to announce that Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq will be joining our celebration to speak about her journey transitioning from a homeless youth to an award-winning Attorney, Advocate, and Speaker. We’ll also be presenting the Jannie L. Blackwell Humanitarian Award to a well deserving group or individual committed to vulnerable families within Philadelphia.

This year’s event will feature live performances from Mad Beatz Philly, acclaimed Collegiate street performance group based at Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High School as well as the sultry, smooth and genuine vocal stylings of R&B Soul Singer, Shiena.

In addition, this year’s celebration will align with Homeless Children’s Awareness Week (October 15-21), shining a light on the plight and promise of youth experiencing homelessness. We hope you’ll join us this October as we continue to offer a full range of supportive services to achieve our mission in helping homeless families become healthy, productive, and self-reliant.

Tickets can be purchased at

$175 for adults

$20 for children 11 & older

Free for children under 10

It Didn’t Exist So I Invented It

by C Fox  Collins

Our city, this city of Philadelphia, seems to be fertile ground for new business ventures these days. I think this has always been true to some extent. However, the current state of cutting edge technology, social media, and citizen vitality has made this an even stronger reality. I am one of those people who believe that that there has never been a better time than the present to start new ventures.

Fresh opportunities for entrepreneurs are everywhere. This does not mean that everyone should simply rush out to start new businesses. First you have to make a basic decision. Do you really want to work for someone else or do you want to be your own boss? Being your own boss does give you a lot of freedom. But there is no getting around the hard truth that this freedom will come at a high cost that includes hard work and long hours.

Recently I went to a community event at the Oval (Philadelphia Art Museum) and met an aspiring entrepreneur named Brittany Cribbs. Ms. Cribbs operates a business called ‘Dream Pops’. Speaking with her gave me fresh insight into the entrepreneurial spirit. What makes someone want to start his or her own business? For Brittany,  it was by ‘accident’ that she started hers.

Not long ago, Brittany was making dessert and a friend of hers said, “you should freeze this”. And it was pretty good—–a tasty frozen treat! However, since Brittany wanted it to taste ‘just right’, she continued to experiment with different flavors and recipes. The next step was getting it out to the people who would purchase it. Brittany lived in Philly for a few years.

Prior to starting ‘Dream Pops’ she owned a marketing company. She had always been creative. With her background in marketing, she felt confident that she could finally do for herself what she had been doing for others. What was the key thing that enabled her to become a successful entrepreneur? She told me that “it is not easy running your own business. There were time when I thought I should have given up. Success will not fall into your lap. You have to be persistent and believe in yourself more than anything. If you do not have that drive and determination, it’s not going to work”.

Ms. Cribbs has another business venture on which she has a patent pending. She came up with this idea because every year she goes on a big trip for her birthday. Last year she was coming home on a ten-hour flight from Italy. The flight crew was very accommodating. There was wine, cheese, and good food. The seats, however, were uncomfortable.

After she returned home, she carefully considered what could have made that flight better.

She started researching about all aspects and kinds of seat cushions: neck, back, pillows, etc. She did this for two to three weeks. She found nothing that covered the full upper body, so she came up with an idea for a portable memory foam seat cushion. She said, “IT DIDN’T EXIST SO I INVENTED IT”. Now that’s the heart of an entrepreneur! Hopefully, this story will inspire other hopeful entrepreneurs in our community. The Journal hopes to keep our readers updated on Ms. Cribbs’ ventures.