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)


Neighborhood Stories28 Sep 2013 01:40 pm

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

Sorry for the delay in posting the weekly tip. Last week, my sister’s family house burned down. She lived there with her husband and two boys. Luckily, no one was hurt. There were five other houses affected in the fire. Also luckily, they have excellent homeowner’s insurance and will be able to recover financially. So this week, my tip is to check your homeowner’s insurance policy. Most of us in Passyunk Square live in row homes, so you are more susceptible to fire since a neighbor’s accident five houses down can affect your home. If you rent, I strongly advise getting renter’s insurance. No one wants to spend the money, but when you need it, you’ll be glad you did. You need to ask your insurance company about 3 main things: the home replacement value, if it is a total loss, the amount of money they will give you to replace the contents inside your home, and how much they will pay for a rental or hotel accommodations while you are displaced. If you have a shore home, you should consider flood insurance, as most homeowner policies do not cover for flooding (remember, that is why so many were devasted after Katrina in New Orleans – they did not have flood insurance). Lastly, I strongly urge you to have a computer backup that is online – NOT located at your residence. Crashplan is a good company to check out for this. Remember, if your computer is destroyed, your data, including all your photos, are lost. If your computer backup is a hard drive in your home, that will be lost as well. Once again, my sister’s family was lucky in this regard and most of their photos were recoverable because they had offsite backups of them. Trust me, no one thinks it will happen to them – until it does.

-Melissa Rosato

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


Neighborhood Stories11 Sep 2013 11:57 am

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

On this day of rememberance, be nice to your neighbors! Remember all you have to be thankful for. Sweep your stoop – be thankful that you have a place to live. Tip generously at your local eatery. Pick up trash in the neighborhood when you see it. Smile at your neighbors. Say hi. Tragedies like 9/11 remind us that our world is bigger than just ourselves and our immediate families. We are communities of people.

-Melissa Rosato

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

Neighborhood Stories02 Sep 2013 02:00 pm

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

-Turn your lights on every night, at the front and back of your house. It makes your home more inviting to guests and neighbors, and may deter crime. You can use CFL bulbs to reduce your electric bill and also lessen your environmental impact. However, be aware that most home burglaries occur in the daytime, when homeowners are usually away from their homes.

-Melissa Rosato

Neighborhood Stories and Philadelphia23 May 2013 01:41 pm

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On Wednesday, May 22, 2013 it was “Ace” day at Christopher Columbus Charter School in South Philadelphia to honor Philadelphia Police Officer Juan “Ace” Delgado # 6318, the long time 3rd District Community Relations Officer. This was a surprise presentation that was months in the making, the cafeteria was decorated with drawing hanging on the walls & ceiling, most with the theme from a deck of cards with the “Ace” of hearts, spades, clubs & diamonds to show how much the kids from the school appreciate Ace for his years of service. Miss Dougherty the Campus Principle told of how the school opened in 1999 and they where new to the neighborhood and didn’t know anyone, then decided to call the 3rd District and ask if an officer can stop by due to a disturbance with a parent, Ace made his way to the school to take care of the assignment and when he was done he gave his cell phone number that he answers every time his services are needed. A dozen students performed dances, a choir of 70 children serenaded Ace with songs “We are grateful”, “Honor a Vet”, “I am grateful to be Free”. A lunch was served to the visitors which included Aces wife, mother & children, Christopher Columbus Charter School Board Chairman Mr. R. Pescatore and Commanding Officer of the 3rd District Captain Michael Ryan. Ace stated he was very surprised and appreciated being recognized for doing something that he loves which is working with children in reference to danger / stranger programs and making our schools & community safer.

Report prepared by: Police Officer Michael Duffy, Badge #7441

Reviewed by: Captain Michael Ryan, Badge #20



Beautification and Neighborhood Stories and Planning and Zoning22 May 2012 05:19 pm

We love it when other websites and blogs take notice of some of the great stuff happening in our neighborhood. The blog Naked Philly recently featured the renovation of 1131-1137 Wharton Street – the headquarters of the Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation. PARC, who visited our civic association’s zoning committee last summer to get approval for this project, has moved their offices downstairs and activated the Titan Street side of the building, turning a gi-normous, blank, stucco wall into something kinda cool. On the second floor and in lofts above are now five luxury apartments.

Check out some other cool features mentioned in the Naked Philly post:

each of which will have an individual solar power array. On the first floor, each apartment will have its own parking space, as well as an electric car charging station, powered by each apartment’s solar unit.

Naked Philly includes some great before-and-after shots as well as the renderings for the eventual finished product. Give it a look.

Neighborhood Stories and Planning and Zoning19 Feb 2012 02:08 am

The new owners of the lot at 921-931 Ellsworth St. will close on the property within the next two weeks and construction will begin at the site during the first week of March.

At that time a fence will be erected around the site and parking will no longer be permitted at the lot.

Email with any questions. For a quick reminder of what is planned for that site, click here to read some news about this project and get a link to the result of the Zoning Committee meeting at which this project was discussed.

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