Neighborhood Stories

Neighborhood Stories02 Dec 2013 09:37 pm

There’s a lot going on at ACME these days:

• Expanded frozen and dry natural organic and gluten free section
• Expanded specialty cheese section
• Many new cases and displays throughout store
• Expanded and more open perishables including produce, bakery, deli and meat
• Customer service moved close to the door
• Pharmacy moved out of corner, closer to front door and more visible
• New pharmacy programs and benefits for transferring scripts and generic script program, see pharmacist
• New floor around entire perimeter of store
• No card necessary for discounts
• The best Ad on the street every week
• More prepared foods in meat and seafood
• Hundred’s of lowered prices on key items in grocery, dairy, frozen food with more to come

ACMEThe grand re-opening is tentatively set for January 31, 2014 and ACME would like your feedback on all these changes. Help our good friend, neighborhood grocer, and PSCA sponsor by taking their customer survey here. Be sure to have your most recent receipt handy for survey information.

By taking the survey you will be eligible to win a $100 gift card! Feedback for expanded offerings welcomed and will be taken into consideration for new sections. ACME is hoping you are highly satisfied with all these changes so give them credit by taking their survey.


Neighborhood Stories23 Oct 2013 08:41 pm

“Whatever advice you give, be short.” – Horace

Here are some tips on a common problem – how to dispose of unused medication that you no longer want. These rules apply to prescription as well as over the counter medicines. Remember, it’s not a good idea to give your prescription medicines to friends – there is probably a good reason that person cannot get the medicine from their own doctor, and you don’t want to be responsible for them having an adverse reaction.
1. Check the labels on your medication bottles – they may instruct you on how to dispose of the unused medicine
2. Never flush medications down the toilet unless the instructions specifically tell you to (some meds are safe to flush, but most aren’t)
3. Look for drug take back programs in your neighborhood – times when you can drop off unused medications for safe disposal (
4. If none of these apply, take the medication out of it’s original container and put it in plastic bag or lidded can. Mix it in your trash bag with something undesirable, like used kitty litter or coffee grounds. This helps prevent children or pets from eating the medicine.
You can also ask you pharmacist, however, do not bring unwanted medicines to your doctor’s office for disposal. Most doctor’s offices have no idea how to dispose of these medicines. (Trust me, I work in a doctor’s office!)

-Melissa Rosato

(follow me on facebook or twitter: Melissa Rosato@myrrr03)

Neighborhood Stories01 Oct 2013 08:26 am

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This month, Gary Tumolo is our featured neighbor. I sat down with Gary a few weeks ago to learn more about him and all that he has done for the neighborhood (We met at Stateside, and had some excellent small plates of gnocchi and cauliflower…kudos to the friendly staff!).

Gary volunteers for the Zoning Committee for Passyunk Square, which meets monthly. All neighbors are welcome to attend the monthly meetings (see the PSCA website for information), during which they review zoning applications in the neighborhood. They then send letters to the zoning commission of Philadelphia, which makes the final decisions. In this way, Gary and other zoning board volunteers make sure we have a say in what happens in our neighborhood.

Gary also helps out a lot with other neighborhood activities, like the Christmas tree sale, and the Annual Home Tour (which is coming up October 12th!). Gary has attended very Home Tour every year since its inception 10 years ago, was on the Home Tour Planning Committee in 2009 and 2010, and continues to volunteer the day of the event. Gary moved to the Passyunk Square neighborhood in 2002. He is originally from South Philadelphia, but spent several years in San Diego before moving back to the Philadelphia area. Angel D’Ippolito, PSCA VP and head of the Neighborhood Ambassador Program, had this to say about Gary: “When asked to help promote our holiday tree sale, Gary went above and beyond expectations. Not only did he write a custom holiday song for PSCA, but he somehow managed to organize a group of casual shower-singers into a real-life caroling extravaganza. We had so much fun and brought a whole lot of smiles to the neighborhood that day. I’m not sure we could have done it with such pizazz without Gary’s positive attitude.”

Gary’s day job, for which he actually gets paid, is for The Office of Housing and Development in Philadelphia. Gary manages the Redevelopment Authority of Philadelphia’s contracts as well as Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) contracts. The HOPWA program is a Federal program dedicated to address the housing needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families.

Gary was awarded a certificate of appreciation in August from the City of Philadelphia Operation Town Watch Integrated Services in recognition for all the volunteer work he has done for the neighborhood. It is neighbors like Gary who make Passyunk Square such a wonderful place to live and work.

-Melissa Rosato
(contact me on facebook or twitter: Melissa Rosato@myrrr03)


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