NextDoor Social Media Site Welcomes you to Join

I have mixed feelings about this post — but since NextDoor is a social media tool that might help neighbors communicate, I post the following from their marketing agent:

Dear ORCA members and friends,

Please take a minute to sign up for Nextdoor which is a free online network for neighbors in Olde Richmond (and other neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia as well). The site is used by ORCA as well as many neighbors in the area. It only takes a minute to sign up and it’s free. Go to or download the app for iPhone/Android.

Thank you,
Thanks again!

Join the free private social network for your neighborhood.

P.S. Brian, Please tell your bosses that any donations to the Olde Richmond Civic Association are much appreciated. Checks may be dropped off written out to Olde Richmond Civic Association at 3rd Fed Bank (2330 E. York Street 19125) c/o Sharon Morgan.

St. Laurentius requests your help

As those of you who are paying attention know, St. Laurentius may close due to structural concerns about the building.

You can read about the story here.

Roman Blazic, a local blogger, tells the story here.

If you’d like to donate, you can do so here.

According to the Spirit Newspaper Article:

The fundraising to repair the church has begun and the group asks for your help. You can donate to the fund online by visiting or by mailing your donation made payable to Friends of St. Laurentius, c/o Third Federal Bank, 2330 E. York Street, Philadelphia, PA 19125.

Support St. Laurentius. Give Now. Every single dollar adds up. Let the gauge on the thermometer rise!

Note: According to the Friends of St. Laurentius, if you contribute towards the repair fund and the decision is made to demolish the building, you have the option of having your donation returned to you; or, you may choose to have the donation go to St. Laurentius School. The donations will not be handed over to the parish or to the Archdiocese if the repairs are not made.

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.