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MEET, SNACK, LEARN: 3rd Thursdays with EFF

As the summer winds down, reconnect with your neighbors and check in on local events & developments. East Falls Forward provides beer, popcorn, and news. You bring your comments & questions.

Change keeps coming, no need to be blindsided when East Falls Forward’s got all the scoop ahead of time. And every meeting starts with a free Happy Hour, and ends at the beer garden.

This Thursday’s agenda includes news regarding the site of East Falls’ future dog park.

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Dance On! Photo-Recap from the Falls Bridge

If you were lucky enough to score tickets to this year 2016’s Dance on the Falls Bridge, you already know what a fantastic time it was. If not, we hope these pics (and video!) help transport you to East Falls’ biggest bash. 2017 TIX ON SALE NOW!

Don’t miss out on the year’s hottest shindig over the Schuylkill. Purchase your tickets now for a great night of music & fun Saturday September 16th.

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Fashion Forward

Local designer aims high with “Poised Society” clothing line. Did we mention he’s a teenager?

Gabriel Brown (center, back) and models at photo shoot on Kelly Drive

Don’t let his age fool you, Gabriel Brown isn’t kidding around about fashion. The 17 year-old has been building his Poised Society brand since he first dreamed about his own fashion line at 14. Unlike some teen business phenoms, he’s built it up himself. Website design, graphic arts, clothing design, photography, and even some of the textiles used in his pieces, he created himself. And he works a regular job to pay for it.

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We’re called “East Falls” — but where are the waterfalls? Joseph Minardi explains our piscine origins, when the Schuylkill river roared with rapids (and delicious protein). In pre-Revolutionary days, a group of prominent Welshman from Philadelphia, some of whom were Quakers and close associates of William Penn, organized a society and a clubhouse that was the genesis of East Falls.  They called themselves the Society of Fort St. David’s in honor of the patron saint of Wales.

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The Pizza Ninja finds more than just a slouchy name at this Manayunk pizzeria.

Hello pizza fanatics.

The Ninja’s favorite thing to do while eating pizza is sit on the couch and watch TV.

What does that make him?  No, not a couch potato:

couch po·ta·to – noun informal – a person who spends little or no time exercising and a great deal of time watching television.

….the Ninja is a couch tomato.

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Fight the Power (Plant)!

East Falls resident Karen Melton reminds us there’s still time to fight a proposed SEPTA power plant that could contribute to air pollution in our neighborhood. 

An online app that shows the distance between two points “as the crow flies” shows my block in East Falls is exactly a mile from the site of SEPTA’s proposed gas-fired electric generation plant at Wissahickon and Roberts Avenue.

SEPTA has said we don’t need to worry about the plant adding pollution in Nicetown because they’re going to build a really tall stack to disperse it, which I guess means to our neighborhood.

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Beer and a Bump

Nothing wrong with a beer and a chaser, but what if you just save yourself some trouble and mix em up? JK offers some of his favorite beer cocktails — hybrid drinks that alternate sips of smooth spirits and cold, crisp beer.

It’s summer and it’s time for vacation, and in the spirit of the season, I’ve decided to take a vacation from reviewing & recommending beers for my neighbors & friends.  There is no reason to fret dear loyal readers, for in the place of my witty, banter-filled reviews I bring you a column filled with delicious beer-cocktail recipes perfect for enjoying the warm summer season.

People may scoff at the new popularity of incorporating beer into cocktails, however beer drinks such as the Purl, made with bitter herbs and beer, was one of ancestors of the cocktail!  The beer cocktail has a long history in the United States, even being used as a smoothing agent in alcoholic punches that some of our founding fathers’ surely imbibed…..I’m looking at you Mifflin!  So here are some of my personal favorites for upgrading that summer kegger to a classy beer-cocktail filled soiree.

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Missed Connections

Compiled by Karl Von Lichtenhollen. Missed connections are for entertainment purposes only and are not intended to foster a belief in random meetings. Email us your Missed Connections or text 215-498-8874.

JULY 2017

Irma the Body
It was Tuesday the 20th of June at precisely 3:47 pm at the corner of Vaux and Queen. You giggled and said I look just like Steve Carell. I didn’t know who that is. I still do not. I said that you were every bit as desirable as “Irma The Body.” Let’s have that rootbeer float. Please return my calls.

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PhillyU No More

Meet the new Jefferson University!

On June 29, Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University formally announced their official combination. The name for the combined institution, which will be the fifth largest in Philadelphia, is Thomas Jefferson University.

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Say It Isn’t So!

Neighborhood fixture Epicure Café closes up shop (sniff).

Every morning since I moved here in 2010, we started our day with a cup of java from Epicure Cafe. That tradition comes to a screeching halt this summer, when Tom and Arlene Leschak close their corner coffee shop on July 23rd, to retire from over 40 years in the restaurant biz. It all went down so suddenly…

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