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Spring Fever in Fishtown

Following today's Spring Cleanup Tip Jar, we wanted to point out some perfect springtime activities (including the April 14th cleanup) happening nearby in Fishtown in the coming weeks:

Saturday, March 31st: Easter Egg Hunt at Penn Treaty Park

Saturday, April 14th: Spring Cleanup, check-in spots in Fishtown and Port Richmond:

Fishtown Rec Center (1202 E. Montgomery Avenue)

NKCDC Garden Center (Frankford & Berks)

Leotah's Place (York & Coral)

Olde Richmond (Huntingdon & Aramingo)

From the NKCDC: Brings your gloves! As always volunteers will be given a ticket to a special BBQ hosted by the great people at Philadelphia Brewing Company after the cleanup. For more information contact Tom: 215-427-0350 x 119 or [email protected]

Saturday, April 14th: Race & Rock Scavenger Hunt at Penn Treaty Park. Families, teams, or individuals will bike or walk, solve clues and puzzles around the city, and win prizes!  All participants will receive free entry into the all ages after show at Kung Fu Necktie and will receive free Vitamin Water and and event tee shirt. Registration is

Sunday, April 22nd:Spring tree planting at 2771 Jasper Street. Help plant over 40 trees in Fishtown, Port Richmond, and East Kensington!  Pick-up trucks (& drivers) needed. Tools will be provided. Bring gloves. Two hours of planting estimated. No experience necessary. All ages welcome.  Rain or Shine!  Volunteer lunch to follow at the Philadelphia Brewing Company on Martha at Hagert. Please email [email protected] for more information if needed.


Tip Jar: Spring Cleanup Time!

Walking to the office this mild and sunny day, I was inspired to write my seasonal Tip Jar tip...clean it up for Spring!

With the windy days in Philadelphia, trash is blowing everywhere. In this video I remind homeowners and landlords to clean up their stoops and front walk area. With the warmer weather, a Spring Cleanup can really be a weekly event that you can incorporate into your weekly chores. Some folks in the Northern Liberties neighborhood do a great job keeping their street and front stoops clean. On the 800 Block on N Hancock, for example, the local neighbors have even created several flower boxes around unattractive areas like phone poles of which they will enjoy and tent all the way through the fall months.

Cleaning up may not be a lot of fun but it sure does create a really nice sense of community. Do your part this Spring and join the rest of Philadelphia and celebrate the 5th annual Spring Cleanup Day. For more information check out this website:


Tip Jar: Don’t Fight the Spring Cleaning Fever

Spring Cleaning Fever is spreading. Thankfully this type of affliction is a healthy one. You want to spread it well beyond your home, condo or apartment. If you are a Philly Dweller then you know how dirty your block can get. Trash collects in all kinds of nooks and crannies. Many neighborhoods organize a Spring Cleaning event, like the cleanups from the Kensington South Neighborhood Advisory Council and the Philly Spring CleanUp.

If you are a seller trying to sell your home or condo in Philadelphia, organizing your own Spring Cleaning on your block will make a great impression on prospective buyers. Even if you are not selling, the feeling of pride a clean neighborhood will bring to the area will be an amazing reward.

[image via KSNAC]


Cool Home Tips From GRID Philly’s May Issue

We're pouring through the latest issue of GRID, Philly's sustainability-savvy mag (you can read issues online or find it at numerous local businesses) and as always, we learned a thing or two.

  • Urban and rooftop gardening (page 10)
  • Upgrading your hot water heater (solar water heaters can lower your bill by 50-80%) (page 12)
  • Find out where to drop off your household hazardous waste (page 13!)
  • Read about eco-friendly architecture (page 16)
  • Make the most of local asparagus season with these spring recipes. Yum. (page 30)

If you like what you read, go celebrate GRID's First Anniversary on Saturday, April 10 at the Yards Tasting Room (901 N. Delaware Ave.), from 5-8 pm. And don't forget about Saturday's Philly Spring Cleanup!


What’s Brewing at Yards: The Tasting Room

Keep Up the Sweep Up: Volunteer for the 2010 Philly Spring Cleanup


Phone: 215.253.6818