Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Wissahickon Neighbors working with lawmakers on solutions.
Parking in Manayunk and Roxborough is the age-old problem. While a complete solution may never be obtainable, the Wissahickon Neighbors Civic Association appears to closer to alleviating the burden then before. With the help of lawmakers, civic President Andrew Bantly said the group may be able to acquire land for a neighborhood parking lot through a state program. The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program is a Pennsylvania grant initiative that provides for the "construction of regional economic, cultural, civic and historical improvement projects," according to the commonwealth's website. Councilman Curtis Jones' Office put Bantly in touch with State Sen. Vincent Hughes Office, which talked to the civic about the feasibility of …
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Energy Coordinating Agency of Philadelphia offers energy efficient (and money saving) advice.
One of the trade-offs for owning or renting an older Philadephia home is the lack of energy efficiency. However, the Energy Coordinating Agency of Philadelphia says citizens can still keep their energy bills down by employing some simple changes and renovations to their lives. Below, you'll see five specific energy and money-saving tips that Jerry Bennett from the city organization gave residents at a Roxborough Memorial Hospital workshop sponsored by the Office of Council Curtis Jones. But first, here are some fast facts Bennett offered: Bennett volunteered those facts to suggest to attendees that cutting down on inefficient heating will both improve the environment and lower your energy bill. Five tips to reduce energy use in your house…
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Curtis Jones hosts free event Wednesday in Roxborough.
With the cold months already here, Roxborough and Manayunk's Philadelphia city councilman wants to better prep residents for a warm and cost-effective winter. Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. will host workshop Wednesday with the Energy Coordinating Agency and offer winterization tips. The 6 p.m. free session takes place Dec. 5 at the Roxborough Hospital Auditorium, 5800 Ridge Ave. Topics to be covered include: Brochures and materials on energy saving techniques will also be provided. To attend please RSVP to Joshua Cohen at email@example.com.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Councilman Jones presents 311 workshop Wednesday.
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the city's 311 service—including phone line, website and app—earned praise for its functionality and ease in use. On Wednesday, Philadelphia City Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. will host a workshop at Roxborough Memorial Hospital designed to help citizens better use the city's information reporting service. According to a release from the councilman's office, the intent of the workshop is the following: "Councilman Jones is hosting a workshop on how to more effectively communicate with Philly311. From time to time, our office receives complaints that they do not receive adequate responses from city departments after calling Philly 311," it said. Supervisors from 311 will attend the Nov. 14 workshop will …
Friday, October 19, 2012
Beside annoyance, Manayunk resident says litter a big issue.
Editor's note: Patch updated the article to include the correct "No Handbils" form, available here. Add another issue to the quality of life pile, or doorstep. Like parking, this complaint affects every property in Manayunk and Roxborough—business, homeowner and renter alike. Circulars, menus, phone books and flyers bombard doorsteps and blow around the streets. Doug Martin lives on Cotton Street and owns land on Silverwood Street. The more junk mail and unsolicited advertising piles up, the higher his blood pressure climbs. "With the amount of them I see blowing around the street it would seem like they are just dropping them from a plane all over the neighborhood. We might as well just start dumping our trash out the windows," he said. "…
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Curtis Jones shows off his crib to the 'Daily News.'
Roxborough and Manayunk's Philadelphia City Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr., only in his second term, leaped to political prominence in becoming the council's Democratic majority leader. However, as the Philadelphia Daily News demonstrates, at his Wynnefield home, he's just one of the guys. Jones and other Philadelphia politicians—including 21st Ward Democratic Leader Lou Agre and Al Spivey, Jr., Jones' chief of staff—took in the gut-wrenching Eagles-Lions game Sunday at the councilman's man cave. Check out the write-up for some info on Jones' football hangout.
Monday, October 15, 2012
Mayor Nutter, Councilman Jones celebrate apartment complex behind Ivy Ridge Train Station.
Continuing what Mayor Michael Nutter and Philadelphia City Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. called the move toward "transit-oriented development," builders broke ground Friday on 149 apartments behind SEPTA's Ivy Ridge Train Station. On a sunny fall day, J.G. Petrucci Co. celebrated the groundbreaking for the Station at Manayunk, which promises luxury one and two-bedroom apartments, some of which may be available for the public in the summer of 2013. In his former role as Manayunk's city councilman for 14.5 years, Nutter became familiar with the parcel of land between the Schuylkill River and Umbria Street. He recalled campaign days at the regional rail station and the projects that stalled at the Station site. "There will be hundreds of …
Sen. Vincent Hughes offers local constituent services starting Friday.
One of Roxborough's state senators will offer a little more local connection this fall. State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-7) plans to staff a constituent services employee at Philadelphia City Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr.'s Ridge Avenue office, according to Joshua Cohen, special adviser for the councilman. In the coming weeks, Tiffany Wilson, director of constituent services for Hughes, will have office hours in both of Jones' district offices, including 5462 Ridge Ave. in Roxborough. Cohen said Wilson can help with issues like: She plans to continue the Roxborough office hours every other Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Dates include: Oct. 19, Nov. 2, 16, 30, Dec. 14, and 28. Wilson also will be at Jones' Wynnefield office, 5398 Wynnefield Ave…
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Councilman Jones allocates more grant money for Neighbors Park.
More than four years ago, Neighbors Park/Woodland Lot received $200,000 in grant funding for renovation. For various city bureaucratic reasons, work has been delayed until this month. That means prices have gone up and some original plans were thought to be scrapped. That is until Roxborough's city councilman stepped up and got more project money. Staff for Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. announced earlier this week that $50,000 in additional Parks Department grant funding will be allocated to the park at Terrace and Hermit Streets. "This will ensure that the park will get updated to the point we originally wanted and safety concerns will be taken care of," said Joshua Cohen, special assistant to Jones. In earlier articles, Patch reported …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Zesty's on Main Street hosts Romney-Obama watch party.
Philadelphia City Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. welcomed constituents from the Fourth District and throughout Philadelphia to a debate watching party between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney at Zesty's in Manayunk. As an event hosted by the Democratic majority leader of City Council, the crowd tended to skew toward the Obama side. In addition to Jones, City Council members Kenyatta Johnson (D-2) and Blondell Reynolds Brown (D-At-large) attended. During the debate, cheers would ring out for the incumbent on certain issues and hisses against the challenger on others. Romney received few praises. However, pauses and lulls also told a tale. After the debate, as the night winded down and people were asked to enthusiastically affirm …