It’s Election Season and you can see who is running for office

Just a reminder that ORCA is a non-political organization. We do not endorse candidates for political office but we encourage all residents to be informed citizens.

Fishtown, Northern Liberties and East Kensington neighborhood associations have invited candidates for office in the May 20th Primaries to visit their April meetings.

Fishtown Neighbors Association
Thursday, April 17, 2014, 6:30pm – Candidates Invited
- at Fishtown Recreation Center, 1202 East Montgomery Avenue

This month’s speakers will be PA State Representative Mike O’Brien of the 175th State Rep District, and primary challenger, Sean Sullivan, to speak on the issues coming up in the May primary election. Mike Kravitz of City Commissioner Al Schmidt’s office will also speak about the upcoming primary election and voting in Philadelphia.

Northern Liberties Civic Association
Thursday, April 17, 2014, 7:00pm – Candidates Invited
- at Kearny Elementary School, 601 Fairmount Avenue

*MEETING ENTRANCE: Schoolyard door, 6th St between Fairmount and Brown. (In other words, you won’t have to go through the front building (on Fairmount – you’ll be able to enter the new gym building more or less directly.)

Come to the NLNA’s April General Membership meeting at the brand-new gym at our local elementary school. Meet Kearny’s new principal, Dan Kurt and Hear from Farah Jimenez, a member of the School Reform Commission.

Around 7:30pm, hear from candidates in the upcoming May Philadelphia Primary Election from the 175th State Rep District and possibly the 181st State Rep District.

Presented in cooperation with the Kearny Home & School Association and the NLNA.

East Kensington Neighbors Association
Monday, April 21, 2014, 6:30pm – Candidates Invited
- at Philadelphia Brewing Company, 2440 Frankford Avenue

House and Senate Candidates have been invited to mingle before the meeting starts at 7pm and to give five minute spiels during open mic time at the end of the meeting for both the 175th PA State Rep District and the PA Senate 2nd District.

Pennsylvania House District 175 Democratic Candidates (represents FNA, NL, EKNA, part of ORCA)

Mike O’Brien

Sean Sullivan

Pennsylvania Senate Seat 2 Democratic Candidates (represents part of FNA, EKNA, ORCA)

Christina Tartaglione

Danny Savage

Tomas Sanchez

2014 Spring Clean Up Recap


On Saturday, April 5, 2014, over 200 residents and hard working volunteers cleaned around 75 blocks in Fishtown, Port Richmond, and East Kensington. Thanks to these dedicated volunteers, nearly 300 bags of trash were picked up, leaves were raked, and the result was a more beautiful place to live and work! They were rewarded for their hard work with a convivial barbeque at Philadelphia Brewing Company, The BBQ was complete with generous donations such as beer, Tastykakes provided by FNA, chips from ORCA, macaroni salad and cole slaw donated by SNBL, as well as burgers and hot dogs from Kissin Fresh Meats and rolls from Thriftway.

A huge thank you to all the civics and residents who worked amazing well together to achieve the highest turn-out in Clean Up history! It is heart warming to work in a community with strong businesses and leaders that contribute to the neighborhood’s revitalization.

Way to go!

Heather McCool | Community Engagement VISTA | NKCDC

Neighborhood Spring Clean Up

Saturday, April 5, 2014, 9:00am

Supported by:

Olde Richmond Civic Association
Friends of Cione Recreation Center
Friends of Hackett Elementary School

Join us at Cione Recreation Center

We will be cleaning and painting various parts of Cione Rec and will also clean several other trouble spots in the neighborhood. The Clean up is from 9am-12pm.

Bring Your Gloves and Favorite Tools: Shovels, Rakes & Brooms will also be Provided

There will be a BBQ at noon at the Philadelphia Brewing Company for all volunteers.

Beer School at Memphis Taproom Every First Wednesday of the Month: Noon

The Memphis Taproom offers Beer School, yes really.

Beer School has long been an opportunity to learn a little something about the beer they love to serve at Memphis Taproom.

There is now a donation required to attend Beer School. You can “pay what you wish”, but you have to pay something.

According to the Taproom, “100% of your Beer School donation goes directly to Share Our Strength, an organization that aims to end childhood hunger in our community and across the country. Visit for more information and ways to get involved.

As always, samples of each beer we will discuss are being offered as our treat to you during the class.”

Check the Memphis Taproom Calendar for the date of the next Beer School.

March Neighborhood News in Brief

Join ORCA, Friends of Cione and Friends of Hackett for our Spring Clean Up, Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Cione Recreation Center.

Plant a Tree in Front of your House!

Happy 6th Anniversary to the Memphis Taproom (Sign up for their email list and check out their Beer School.)

Lehigh Avenue Arts Festival seeks Artists to Create Inflatable Sculptures.

Join the Fishtown Neighbors Association for their Annual Chili Cook off on March 30th.

The Philadelphia School District approved the sale.of the Douglas School to the Maritime Academy Charter School (but our neighborhood is not Port Richmond!).

Join Rock to the Future April 12th at their Music for All Ball.

Cook and Shaker gets recognized for their cocktails, and their Olde Richmond Punch, in particular.