June 2011

Town Watch22 Jun 2011 05:22 pm

No joke, folks. Apparently someone is going around the neighborhood stealing plants from window boxes and planters in front of homes in the wee hours of the morning.

One of the GTT’s victim’s told the story on Philebrity.com and included some video footage which gives a pretty good view of the bandit (a white male of average height and weight wearing a North Face jacket). So be on the lookout for this klepto-horticulturalist and keep a close eye on any unsecure plants in front of your house. Anyone with information about this should contact the police.

Read the full account of the the Green Thumb Thief’s exploits and see the video at Philebrity.

Neighborhood Stories22 Jun 2011 03:45 pm

Thanks to a tip from reader Missy, we saw this write-up on Technically Philly about Passyunk Square resident Frank Panko – founder of the website A View From My Seat. It was the reference to living two blocks away from Pat’s and Geno’s that gave Frank away as one of our neighbors. According to the TP write-up, AVFMS is “a product which collects photos submitted by users, of, quite literally, the view of the field from seats at sports venues.”

Frank and his wife hope to market the extensive database that they oversee to ticket sellers, teams and venues as a way to give customers a genuine preview of what they’re getting for their money.

The story of the business’s start-up and growth is a great tale of how to take something that everyone is doing now for free and creating value out of it. Check out the article.

Now… if only someone would come up with a way to stop that other recent baseball phenomenon – the person who sits behind home plate or in line with the batter and waves to people they are talking to on a cell phone and who see them on television.

If you have any tips about cool things being done by people in the neighborhood (6th to Broad, Washington to Tasker) please feel free to share by emailing contact@passyunk.org.

Capitolo and Event22 Jun 2011 12:51 pm

On Saturday June 25th, Mural Arts, Captiolo Playground and the Passyunk Square Civic Association will celebrate the dedication of the neighborhood’s newest mural: The Melting Pot.

This mural reflects the diversity of South Philadelphia and the vibrancy of the recreation center. The artist Jon Laidacker worked with community members, assistant artists, and youth at St. Gabriel’s Hall to create this mural. During this process, participants learned about art making, community engagement, mosaics, and mural making.

The dedication kicks off at 1pm and the celebration (with FREE Moon Bounce, Balloon Artist, Crafts and Fun!) will continue until 3pm.

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