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SERVPRO of Germantown supports Philadelphia Fire Departments

9/1/2019 (Permalink)

female accepting a donation check on behalf of The Philadelphia Fire Department Foundation Robyn Colajezzi accepts a donation on behalf of The Philadelphia Fire Department Foundation

SERVPRO of Germantown is proud to support First Responders in Philadelphia.  Robyn Colajezzi recently attended an event and accepted a donation on behalf of The Philadelphia Fire Department Foundation.  Robyn serves on The Board of Directors of The Philadelphia Fire Department Foundation.  Robyn works daily to advance our support of our local heroes.  

SERVPRO Supports the 25th District Police in North Philadelphia

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

On July 10th, SERVPRO volunteered to help out the 25th District Police (Philadelphia) during their community block party in North Philadelphia.

The event welcomed hundreds of people who enjoyed the several activities available. Summer camps from all around the town came by to play life-sized board games, climb the rock wall, jump in the bouncy houses, and eat all the different foods available.

The area where the event was held is often marked by violence and drugs, so having the Philadelphia Police host this awesome event was an excellent sight to see! It was a great opportunity to bring the community together in a space that usually does not see much positivity, but events such as this are what help the community grow and head towards a brighter future!

SERVPRO Sponsors the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association's Summer Olympic Games

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO supported GPHA (Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association) Summer Hotel Olympics on July 11th at FDR Park in South Philadelphia!

Hotels from the area formed groups and took on several team-building challenges; there were dance battles, people showing off their skills during talent shows, and plenty of time to mingle with staff from other hotels.

There were also tons of games to be played, like: Name that Tune, Hamster Wheel Race, Marble Pipe Line, Hospitality Hoop La, Basket Head, Tray Relay, Pencil Catch!, and Lawn Darts.

To end the event, participants enjoyed snacks from SERVPRO and lunch from a local restaurant before the awards ceremony, where everyone was able to walk away with a medal!

It was amazing to be a part of such a fun event that brought different people from across Philadelphia together. SERVPRO hopes to be part of GPHA's Summer Olympics again next year!

Belfield Philadelphia - Did You Know ?

7/5/2019 (Permalink)

Charles Willson Peale House in Philadelphia

Belfield, also known as the Charles Willson Peale House, was the home of Charles Willson Peale from 1810 to 1826, and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965.

The Belfield Estate was a 104-acre (42 ha) area of land in the Logan section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, much of which is now a part of La Salle University’s campus.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belfield_(Philadelphia)

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SERVPRO of Germantown Supports PECO’s, Go 4th & Learn: Day of Service

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

On July 2, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm, SERVPRO will be supporting PECO’s, Go 4th & Learn: Day of Service, at Hunting Park in Germantown, PA. (Intersection of the park is Old York Road and West Lycoming Street).

In regards to the park cleanup, SERVPRO will be donating tools and assets to for volunteers to use to accomplish their specific tasks, such as rakes, garbage bags, trash pickers, gloves, and more.

SERVPRO will also be providing our own, branded water, Philadelphia Pretzel Factory pretzels, Rita’s Italian Ice, and much more, for not only our volunteers but for the community we are working towards cleaning up.

This event is a part of Wawa Welcome America, which is an annual series of celebrations leading up to Independence Day hosted in and around Philadelphia, PA.

For more information, please visit: https://welcomeamerica.com/event/peco-go-4th-and-learn-day-of-service/

Feltonville - Did You Know ?

6/9/2019 (Permalink)

Feltonville Philadelphia

Feltonville is a working-class neighborhood in North Philadelphia It is located east of Logan and Hunting Park, west of Lawncrestand Juniata, south of Olney, and north of Fairhill and Harrowgate. Feltonville is bounded by Erie Avenue to the south, Front Street to the west, Roosevelt Boulevard to the north, Tacony Creek to the northeast, and G Street to the east.

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Germantown Philadelphia - Did You Know ?

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

Germantown Philadelphia

Germantown is an area in Northwest Philadelphia. Founded by German Quaker and Mennonite families in 1683 as an independent borough, it was absorbed into Philadelphia in 1854. The area, which is about six miles northwest from the city center, now consists of two neighborhoods: 'Germantown' and 'East Germantown'.

Germantown has played a significant role in American history; it was the birthplace of the American antislavery movement, the site of a Revolutionary War battle, the temporary residence of George Washington, the location of the first bank of the United States, and the residence of many notable politicians, scholars, artists, and social activists.

Today the area remains rich in historic sites and buildings from the colonial era, some of which are open to the public.

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Logan - Did You Know ?

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

Logan Neighborhood Philadelphia

Logan is a neighborhood in the upper North Philadelphia section of the city of Philadelphia, in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. Majority of the neighborhood falls within the 19141 zip code, but some of it falls within 19140 (Hunting Park ZIP Code). The neighborhood is sometimes confused with the Olney neighborhood of Philadelphia. Olney Avenue extends from both the Olney and Logan neighborhoods of the city. The Olney Transportation Center is located in Logan.

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SERVPRO Welcomes a NEW Rita's in Quakertown, PA!

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

Today, SERVPRO attended a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Rita's Italian Ice & Frozen Custard, located at the intersection of 6th and West Broad Streets (534 W. Broad Street, to be exact).

The new store is sitting on a prime location, fixed in the center of a very rich, thriving area in Quakertown. Members of our marketing team, Rob and Christina, were greeted by welcoming faces and a warm ceremony, followed by delicious Rita's water-ice.

It is important to welcome new businesses into the community with open arms, for embracing new business owners, who are not too familiar with the area, goes a long way.

With that being said, we would like to wish everyone at the Rita's in Quakertown nothing but the best in the future!

SERVPRO Aids Convoy of Hope!

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

On Saturday, March 27, SERVPRO of Germantown participated at the community event, Convoy of Hope, which was held at Hunting Park in Philadelphia!

SERVPRO provided a resting area under our tent for First Responders and other patrons to relax during the day’s festivities, as well as several generators to power the event, around 80 cases of specially branded, SERVPRO water, and dumpsters/trashcans that were distributed throughout the park for the Convoy!

This event was eye opening for our staff, as thousands of people funneled in throughout the course of the day to take advantage of the opportunities the Convoy of Hope had to offer. Patrons had access to FREE clothes, shoes, food, haircuts, breast cancer screenings, a job search tent, and much more!

SERVPRO is extremely humbled to have partnered with an international, humanitarian-relief organization in order to give back to the community; we are grateful to have assisted them and applaud them for their driving passion to feed the world through children’s feeding initiatives, community outreach, and disaster response.

SERVPRO of Germantown: Citizen's Police Academy Graduates!

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

On Tuesday, April 23rd, our employees, Robyn M Colajezzi and Rob D'Emilio Jr., graduated from Quakertown Police Department’s, Citizen’s Police Academy.

Over the course of 8 weeks, students gained knowledge of: the police department’s K9 Unit and Special Response Team, self-defense tactics, firearms training, and much more, before shooting pistols at the police department’s firing range.

The culmination of the academy was bittersweet, for the friendships made and lessons learned will always be a constant reminder of the great experiences we’ve had while enrolled in this “fraternity”, as Chief Scott McElree called it at the graduation ceremony.

SERVPRO of Germantown would like to thank the Quakertown Police Department for allowing our staff to take part in the academy, as well as Chief Scott McElree and Sgt. Steven Stoneback for offering this wonderful opportunity to the public.

We highly suggest registering for next year’s academy — we’ll see you there!

SERVPRO to Host FREE Continuing Education Courses!

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is hosting TWO FREE Continuing Education Courses, as well as a complimentary breakfast, lunch, and game of golf for all attendees! Where: Hilton Garden Inn located in Fort Washington (see attached flier for address) When: Thursday, May 9th from 7:30am to 12 noon Classes Offered: Mitigation Awareness and Response, 2 Credits (120264) AND Restoring Contaminated Building, 2 Credits (120258) These courses are designed to assist insurance agents and adjusters in understanding what to expect from a good restoration professional, as well as special procedures used when responding to storms and large loss situations. If enjoying a beautiful day, eating free food, playing a free game of Golf, and taking free Continuing Education courses is something you’d love to be a part of, be sure to reach out to Robyn Colajezzi at robyn@148response.com, or call (267) 227-0748 to register! 

Phillies Contest Winner, Donald J. Smith!

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

Yesterday afternoon, Rob, Digital Marketing Manager at SERVPRO of Germantown, met with Donald J. Smith, the winner of our Philadelphia Phillies Ticket Giveaway. Donald won five tickets for this Saturday’s game against the Marlins, and will be taking his great nephew to his first ever Phillies game!

We asked Donald to come prepared for a few pictures, and he showed up like a true, Phillies fan should — decked out in Phillies gear!

We hope Donald and his family have a great time at the game and would like to thank all of those who have participated in this contest!

Go Phillies!

P.S. If you’ve participated in this contest and are disappointed you did not win, don’t worry! We will be announcing our next contest very soon! You DO NOT want to miss this next one! Spread the word…

FREE Stop the Bleed Event!

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

On Saturday, May 11th from 10am to 12pm, Richland Township Fire and Rescue is hosting a Stop the Bleed event which is FREE with registration. The training, food and light beverages will all be provided!

The training will be provided by Focus! Safety Training, who will teach the class techniques that will ultimately help save lives. All of which focus on stopping a person from bleeding, like correctly applying a tourniquet to their wound!

SERVPRO of Germantown will be sponsoring this event, providing barbecue for all those who attend.

Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign that is designed to train people how to save lives in emergency situations that involve critical blood loss.

For more information involving this event, please send our Facebook a direct message, or email your questions to mike@focussafetytraining.com.

One Week Away from Phillies Giveaway Winner!

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

There is one week left to enter in our contest!

WIN Five (5) tickets to see The Phillies take on The Miami Marlins on Saturday, April 27, 2019!!!
TO ENTER:

1) Like this post
2) Like all three (3) of our Facebook Pages: 
@SERVPROofUpperBucks
@SERVPROofgermantown
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Please visit our Facebook pages for more information about this contest! We urge you to enter if you haven't yet!

** No Purchase Necessary to Enter or Win.
** This promotion/giveaway is in NO WAY sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Facebook, The Philadelphia Phillies, The Miami Marlins and/or by Citizen’s Bank Park or any of its affiliates.
** Disclaimer: We do not own the rights to the images used in this flyer. The images used belong to their respective copyright holders.

Fire Weather Warning

4/2/2019 (Permalink)

ATTENTION: Fire Weather Watch 

AFFECTED AREAS: The Poconos, the Lehigh Valley, Berks County and Southeastern Pennsylvania. Also, Northwestern, Central and Southern New Jersey, as well as the entire state of Delaware. 

From 10:00am until 9:00pm, Wednesday, April 3.

Winds: West 20 to 25mph with gusts of 30 to 35mph.

Humidity: 20% to 30%

Temperatures: High 60s. 

Impacts: Gusty winds and very dry air will create conditions that may promote the rapid spread of wildfires. 

Like any other weather warning, instances such as these should be taken seriously and should be cause for concern, which warrants sufficient preparation to avoid and/or limit potential damages.

For more information about wildfire danger, burn restrictions, and wildfire prevention and education, please visit your state forestry or environmental protection website. 

No matter the weather or what nature throws your way, SERVPRO has your back! 

-Content by Rob D'Emilio Jr. 

Pennridge Chamber of Commerce's St. Patrick’s Parade and Celtic Fest

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

This passed Saturday, March 16th, the Pennridge Chamber of Commerce hosted the 4th Annual, St. Patrick’s Parade and Celtic Fest. The parade, beginning at Pennridge South Middle School, ended at the Sellersville firehouse where festivities took place.

We were excited to have two of our SERVPRO Storm Troopers make appearances during the parade, who were giving out candy and taking pictures with patrons. We are also pleased with the large amount of people inquiring about our services underneath our tent, before taking one of the free, SERVPRO tote bags to carry treats and gifts from the festival.

Sarah Liebel, our Community Outreach Manager, was able to connect with a lot of people in our area. “We had such a great time at Celtic Fest,” said Liebel, “there were many activities to participate in and people having fun.”

Our continued involvement in the Pennridge Chamber of Commerce’s annual parade has been an awesome experience every year and we can’t wait to participate again!

-Content by Rob D'Emilio Jr. 

Donating Citizen Care Bags

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

(From left to right) Robyn Colajezzi, Deputy Chief Johnson, Cherice Corley.

On March 14th, SERVPRO of Germantown (SERVPROs of Pennypack/Bustleton & Upper Bucks) organized the assortment of 100 Citizen Care Bags and donated them to the Philadelphia Fire Department Foundation. From there, the Foundation will provide these bags to CAT Teams (Community Action Teams), whose specialists are chosen by the Fire Prevention Division, the Fire Code Unit and the Fire Marshal’s Office. These units assist the Fire Department’s ability to provide residents with fire protection care and aid 24/7/365.

SERVPROs own, Robyn Colajezzi, Director of Commercial Marketing and Development, met with Cherice Corley, president of the Philadelphia Fire Department Foundation, and Charles W. Johnson, Deputy Chief of the Fire Prevention Division, to hand off our Citizen Care Bags.

The Citizen Care Bags will be provided to fire victims after being secured, away from the fire. The bags contain water, snacks, first aid kits, socks, diapers and wipes, pacifiers, toiletries and other items that are organized in children and adult marked bags.

We are thrilled to be working with the Philadelphia Fire Department Foundation in order to help fire victims receive care, safety and Citizen Care Bags to relieve them of these unfortunate situations!

-Content by Rob D'Emilio Jr. 

The History of Germantown Philadelphia

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

City of Philadelphia

SERVPRO of Germantown is proud to be a part of this great section of our great City of Philadelphia.   
Information from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germantown,_Philadelphia  
Germantown, PhiladelphiaThis article is about the Northwest Philadelphia neighborhoods of Germantown and East Germantown. For an article specifically about the Colonial Germantown Historic District, see Colonial Germantown Historic District.

Germantown is an area in Northwest Philadelphia. Founded by German Quaker and Mennonite families in 1683 as an independent borough, it was absorbed into Philadelphia in 1854. The area, which is about six miles northwest from the city center, now consists of two neighborhoods: 'Germantown' and 'East Germantown'.

Germantown has played a significant role in American history; it was the birthplace of the American antislavery movement, the site of a Revolutionary War battle, the temporary residence of George Washington, the location of the first bank of the United States, and the residence of many notable politicians, scholars, artists, and social activists.

 Today the area remains rich in historic sites and buildings from the colonial era, some of which are open to the public. 

Boundaries

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Germantown stretches for about two miles along Germantown Avenue northwest from Windrim and Roberts Avenues. Germantown has been consistently bounded on the southwest by Wissahickon Avenue, on the southeast by Roberts Avenue, and on the east by Wister Street and Stenton Avenue,[4] but its northwest border has expanded and contracted over the years. When first incorporated as a borough in 1689, Germantown was separated from the rural Germantown Township by Washington Lane;[5] later, the border was expanded to Carpenter and East Gorgas Lanes;[6] it was then rolled back to Washington Lane in 1846,[4] and remained there until the borough was absorbed into the city of Philadelphia in 1854.

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Today, the western part of the former borough is the neighborhood known simply as 'Germantown' (though is sometimes called 'West Germantown') and the eastern part is the neighborhood of 'East Germantown'. While the boundary between the two neighborhoods is not well-defined and has varied over time,[7] these days 'Germantown' usually refers to the part of the former borough that lies west of Germantown Avenue, up through West Johnson Street, and 'East Germantown' to the part that lies east of Germantown Avenue, up through East Upsal Street.[8][9][10]

The neighborhood of Mount Airy lies to the northwest, Ogontz and West Oak Lane to the northeast, Logan to the east, Nicetown–Tioga to the south, and East Falls to the southwest.

The majority of Germantown is covered by the 19144 zip code, but the area north of Chew Avenue falls in the 19138 zip code.

History and demographics

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Germantown was founded on October 6, 1683, by German settlers: thirteen Quaker and Mennonite families from Krefeld.[11][12] Today the founding day of Germantown is remembered as German-American Day, a holiday in the United States, observed annually on October 6. On August 12, 1689, William Penn at London signed a charter constituting some of the inhabitants a corporation by the name of "the bailiff, burgesses and commonalty of Germantown, in the county of Philadelphia, in the province of Pennsylvania." Francis Daniel Pastorius was the first bailiff. Jacob Telner, Derick Isacks op den Graeff and his brother Abraham Isacks op den Graeff, Reynier Tyson, and Tennis Coender were burgesses, besides six committeemen. They had authority to hold "the general court of the corporation of Germantowne", to make laws for the government of the settlement, and to hold a court of record. This court went into operation in 1690, and continued its services for sixteen years. Sometimes, to distinguish Germantown from the upper portion of German township, outside the borough, the township portion was called Upper Germantown.

In 1688, five years after its founding, Germantown became the birthplace of the anti-slavery movement in America.[13] Pastorius, Gerret Hendericks, Derick Updegraeff and Abraham Updengraef gathered at Thones Kunders's house and wrote a two-page condemnation of slavery and sent it to the governing bodies of their Quaker church, the Society of Friends. The petition was mainly based upon the Bible's Golden Rule, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Though the Quaker establishment took no immediate action, the 1688 Germantown Quaker Petition Against Slavery was a clear and forceful argument against slavery and initiated the process of banning slavery in the Society of Friends (1776) and Pennsylvania (1780).

In 1723, Germantown became the site of the first Church of the Brethren congregation in the New World.[14]

When Philadelphia was occupied by the British during the American Revolutionary War, British units were housed in Germantown. In the Battle of Germantown, on October 4, 1777, the Continental Army attacked this garrison. During the battle, a party of citizens fired on the British troops, as they marched up the avenue, and mortally wounded British Brigadier General Agnew. The Americans withdrew after firing on one another in the confusion of the battle, leading to the determination that the battle resulted in a defeat of the Americans. However, the battle is sometimes considered a victory by Americans. The American loss was 673 and the British loss was 575, but along with the Army's success under Brigadier General Horatio Gates at Saratoga on October 17 when John Burgoyne surrendered, the battle led to the official recognition of the Americans by France, which formed an alliance with the Americans afterward.

During his presidency, George Washington and his family lodged at the Deshler-Morris House in Germantown to escape the city and the yellow fever epidemic of 1793. The first bank of the United States was also located here during his administration.

Germantown proper, and the adjacent German Township, were incorporated into the City of Philadelphia in 1854 by the Act of Consolidation.

Italians began settling Germantown in 1880, and comprised an active and vibrant part of the community.[15]

The significant changes that occurred in Philadelphia's demographics at the start of the 20th century caused major shifts in Germantown's ethnic makeup as well. When the first wave of the Great Migration brought more than 140,000 African Americans to the city from the South, long-established Philadelphians started to move to the outskirts. During this time, many German, Scots-Irish, and Irish families moved to Germantown.[16]

During the 1940s, a second mass migration of African Americans from the south to Philadelphia occurred. While the majority of middle-class African American newcomers first settled in North Philadelphia, the housing shortages in this area that followed the end of World War II caused later arrivals to move instead to the Northwest. This led to a wave of new housing construction. To meet the housing needs of the growing numbers of African American families moving into southern Germantown, the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority allocated $10.6 million for the creation of public housing.[16]

Between 1954 and 1956 Germantown experienced an influx of lower-income African Americans, resulting in a decline in property values and triggering a "white flight" of the majority of white residents to the suburbs.[17] The demographic shift caused a slow but steady decline in central Germantown's upscale shopping district, with the last department store, a J. C. Penney branch, closing in the early 1980s.[18]

The current demographics of Germantown reflects this shift. As of the 2010 US Census, Germantown proper is 77% black, 15% white, 3% non-white Hispanic, and 2% Asian,[3] and East Germantown is 92% black, 3% white, 2% non-white Hispanic, and 2% Asian.[3]

Eugene Stackhouse, a retired former president of the Germantown Historical Society says that the demographic transition of Germantown into a predominantly black neighborhood was the result of the now illegal practice of blockbusting. "It was a great disgrace. Cheap houses would be sold to a black family, then the realtors would go around and tell the neighbors that the blacks are invading", said Stackhouse.[19] The practice was used to trigger panic selling.[18]

Education

Primary and secondary schools

Public schools

Germantown is zoned to the School District of Philadelphia, as is all of Philadelphia. Public schools located in Germantown include the Anna L. Lingelbach School (K–8), the John B. Kelly School (K–6), the John Wister Elementary School (K–6), the Hill Freedman Middle School (6–8), the Theodore Roosevelt Middle School (7–8), the Fitler Academics Plus School (1–8), and the Martin Luther King High School (9–12). The Robert Fulton Elementary School and Germantown High School, a regional public high school located in Germantown, were both closed in 2013.

Charter schools

Mastery Charter Schools operates the Mastery Charter Pickett Campus (7-12, MCPC) in Germantown.[20] The school opened in August 2007.[21] The charter system headquarters is located at Pickett.[21][22] Germantown Settlement Charter School (5-8), Imani Education Circle Charter school (pre-K to 8), and the Wissahickon Charter School's Awbury Campus (6th-8th) is located in the neighborhood . The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, a private state-chartered school, occupies the former site of Germantown Academy, which moved to Fort Washington, Pennsylvania in 1965.

Private schools

Germantown's private schools include the DePaul Catholic School (K–8), Waldorf School of Philadelphia (PreK-8), the High Street Christian Academy (K–4), the Germantown Islamic School, the Green Tree School (special education, ages 6–21), and two Quaker schools: Germantown Friends School and Greene Street Friends School.

Nearby private schools include Mount Airy's Revival Hill Christian High School (9–12), Blair Christian Academy (PreK–12), Islamic Day School of Philadelphia (PreK–5), Project Learn School (K–8), Classroom on Carpenter Lane (K-2), and Holy Cross School (K–8), as well as Chestnut Hill's Springside School (PreK–12), Chestnut Hill Academy (K–12), and Crefeld School (7–12). The William Penn Charter School (commonly known as Penn Charter), the oldest Quaker school in the world, is located in nearby East Falls.

Higher education

La Salle University is in both Germantown and historic Belfield. Its west campus is centered on the old Germantown Hospital buildings and property, which it purchased in 2007.[23] Other universities and colleges close to Germantown include Drexel University College of Medicine's Queen Lane Medical Campus, Arcadia University, Chestnut Hill College, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, Philadelphia University, and Saint Joseph's University.[24]

Other teaching institutions

Settlement Music School, the largest community school of the arts in the United States, operates one of its six branches in Germantown.

Public libraries

Free Library of Philadelphia operates public libraries. The Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library is located in Germantown. The library was given its current name in 2002, after Joseph E. Coleman, a member of the Philadelphia City Council.[25]

Transportation

The first railroad in Philadelphia was the Philadelphia, Germantown and Norristown Railroad, which linked Germantown to a station at 9th and Green Streets in Center City. It opened in 1832, and was initially powered by horses.[26] The inventor Matthias W. Baldwin built his first commissioned steam locomotive for the new railroad. Nicknamed Old Ironsides, it eventually reached a peak speed of 28 mph.[27]

Today two SEPTA Regional Rail lines connect the neighborhood to Center City: the Chestnut Hill West Line with stops at Queen Lane, Chelten Avenue, and Tulpehocken stations; and the Chestnut Hill East Line with stops at Wister, Germantown, and Washington Lane stations.[28]

The neighborhood is also served by bus routes 18, 23 (formerly a trolley line), 26, 53 (formerly a trolley line), 65, H and XH, J, and K.[28]

  • "Old Ironsides", 1832

  • Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library

  • Route 23 trolley on Germantown Avenue, 1985

Parks and recreation areas

Germantown has numerous parks and recreation areas. These include:

  • Awbury Arboretum, a historic 55 acre arboretum and estate
  • Carpenter Park
  • Clifford Park
  • Cliveden Park
  • Cloverly Park
  • East Germantown Recreation Center
  • Fernhill Park
  • Germantown Cricket Club (private)
  • Hansberry Garden and Nature Center
  • Happy Hollow Playground
  • Kelly Playground
  • Loudoun Park
  • Vernon Park
  • Waterview Recreation Center
  • Wissahickon Valley Park (bordering), a 1400-acre park that is part of the Fairmount Park system.
  • Wister's Woods Park (bordering)

Historic sites

National Historic Landmark Districts

National Historic Districts

National Historic Landmarks

National Register of Historic Places

Other sites listed separately on the NRHP:

Gallery of historic houses and architecture

For a more complete gallery of contributing properties in the Colonial Germantown Historic District see here

  • Selected historic architecture of Germantown
  • Loudoun Mansion, 4650 Germantown Ave.

  • Winston Commons, 6620-6624 Germantown Ave

  • Original Wakefield Presbyterian Church, 4705 Germantown Ave

  • Market Square Presbyterian Church and Civil War Monument

  • Howell House, at 5218 Germantown Ave

  • Wyck House, 6026 Germantown Ave.

Other historic sites

National Ice Cream Day

7/15/2018 (Permalink)

Bassetts Ice Cream Since 1861

A great history lesson on Bassetts Ice Cream

Found at: www.bassettsicecream.com

1861 — Lewis Dubois Bassett, a Quaker school teacher and farmer, begins making ice cream in his Salem, NJ backyard using a mule-turned churn.

1885 — L.D. begins selling his ice cream from a location at 5th & Market Streets in Philadelphia.

1892 — The Reading Terminal Market opens; Bassetts Ice Cream opens a retail store and moves production into the basement.

1906 — Lewis Lafayette continues operations after the death of his father.

1917 — L.L. dies; his wife, Louise Austin Bassett, assumes management until her son is ready to take over.

1925 — Lewis Lafayette, Jr., the third generation, takes over management of the ice cream store and production at the age of 21.

1935 — L.L., Jr. ships 10 quarts of ice cream, packed in dry ice, via freighter from New York through the Panama Canal to the American Embassy in Tokyo. The voyage takes several weeks but the ice cream arrives in perfect condition.

1959 — L.L., Jr. produces 50 tubs of borscht ice cream for Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev.

1961 — Bassetts celebrates its 100th Anniversary.

1973 — Production moves to 20th & Fairmount Streets in Philadelphia.

1973 — Ann Bassett, great granddaughter of the founder and daughter of L.L., Jr., joins the company.

1975 — Bassetts begins the largest expansion in the company’s 114-year history.

1976 — Ann Bassett is named President after L.L., Jr. retires after 51 years.

1983 — Michael Strange, great-great grandson of the founder, enters the family business.

1986 — L.L., Jr. dies at the age of 82.

1989 — Michael is named President; Ann is CEO.

1994 - Ann Bassett retires, but continues to receive monthly deliveries of Bassetts Ice Cream at her home. 

1996 — Bassetts introduces the Bassetts Ice Cream Sandwich.

2000 — Bassetts introduces website.

2008 – Bassetts Ice Cream is served in China!

2010 – Bassetts introduces six (6) new flavors—Guatemalan Ripple, Matcha, Macadamia Nut, Mango, Peanut Butter Cup and Pomegranate Blueberry Chunk—AND serves ice cream to President Obama at the Bassetts counter in the Reading Terminal Market!

2011 – Bassetts Ice Cream celebrates 150 years!

2011 – Bassetts presents the Bassetts Belgian Chocolate Dipped Super Premium Ice Cream Bar.

2012 – Bassetts introduces the Belgian Chocolate Dipped Caramel Sea Salt Ice Cream Bar.

2012 - China partner James Sun opens three new Bassetts locations in China!

2013 - Bassetts announces two new products--Ice Cream Truffles and Ice Cream Cakes.

 Lewis Dubois
1861-1906 
Lewis Lafayette
1906-1917 
Louise Austin
1917-1925 
Lewis Lafayette, Jr.
1925-1976 
Ann Bassett
1976-1989 
Michael Strange
1989-Present

Philadelphia Food at Beaux Arts Building

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

The Bourse picture provided by www.panoramic.com

A recent article shared by www.visitphilly.com

This site provides consistent information about our great City of Philadelphia.

Sometimes even stunning landmark buildings require a little imagination to bring them back to public attention.

Scheduled to open late this summer, the newly renovated Bourse will broaden the dining options in this well-traveled block of Philadelphia’s Historic District. The Beaux Arts sandstone building, once devoted to the city’s commodities exchange (the first ever in the United States), was redeveloped as The Bourse and turned into an office building and shopping destination in 1979.

THE BOURSE FAST FACTS

  • The revamped Bourse Marketplace is scheduled to open in late-summer 2018.
  • Visitors will find a variety of local artisanal food and drink and retail vendors in the new renovated space.
  • The upgrades aim to position The Bourse as a major dining and shopping destination in Philadelphia.

In the coming weeks, the building listed on the National Register of Historic Places will write the next chapter of its history as an artisan food hall in the spirit of Manhattan’s Chelsea Market and San Francisco’s Ferry Building.

 (Rendering courtesy The Bourse)Once open, The Bourse Marketplace will host 29 food-and-drink vendors and four anchor tenants located in the building’s four corners.

What to Expect

MRP Realty’s $50 million project brings the building back to its 19th-century grandeur.

Both the Fourth and Fifth Street entrances have been restored with outdoor seating while the original ceramic tiled floors, inlaid with brass, have been uncovered.

Inside, four anchor tenants and 29 new food stall vendors will create a delicious panoply of options. Among the choices: baked goods, poke, tacos, juices, ramen, Belgian chocolates, charcuterie, pasta, fancy grilled cheese, Latin-Asian fusion fare, Halal Egyptian eats, Filipino comfort food, dumplings, seafood and chicken soup.

 (TAPS Fill Station | Photo courtesy The Bourse)New tenants coming soon to The Bourse include Mighty Melt, Scoop de Ville, Bluebird Distilling, Prescription Chicken, Lalo and TAPS Fill Station (shown).

Some of the best-known local names in vendors include Scoop DeVille, Chaat and Chai, Vera Pasta, Sylva Senat, whose Baby Buns “reimagines” the hamburger, and Lalo, Filipino comfort food from a team of restaurant industry vets. The TAPS Fill Station serves up local cider, beer and wine and Bluebird Distilling offers a cocktail bar and retail spirits. Floral, coffee and tea purveyors round out the lineup.

Get a glimpse at the building’s makeover during the pop-up beer garden on the building’s steps from Friday, June 29th through Tuesday, July 3rd. Operated by BRÜ Craft & Wurst, the limited-time eatery will serve local craft brews, cocktails from Bluebird Distilling and fun bites like soft pretzels and water ice.

Wawa Welcome America adds to the festivities with a Red White and Blue happy hour on Friday, June 29th from 5 to 7 p.m. and for July 3rd’s Historic District Block Party, sponsored in part by Visit Philadelphia.

Stay tuned for more and get ready to eat your way through The Bourse.

Chambers of Commerce

6/21/2017 (Permalink)

Put your community first and join a local chamber!

What exactly are they? What is their primary goal? 

A chamber of commerce has one, unified goal-to further the interests of those local businesses which are members and advocate for both the local and business community.

Local chambers provide endless opportunities for networking, business development and active involvement through committees, chamber & community events.

SERVPRO of Germantown takes great pride in being involved with our local community. We have found that over the years, being actively involved with several of our local Chambers of Commerce has helped us to increase our involvement and meet many other members and neighbors!

The Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce, whose mission is to, “build strong partnerships within its business community in order to advance the principals of free enterprise and to enhance the quality of life in Upper Bucks County”, has been a particularly strong organization to be a part of. SERVPRO of Germantown has been a proud member since 2006 and supports the chamber through continued membership and support of/at chamber events such as their annual golf outing.

The Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce is a conduit for success in their community. Their dedicated team has, time and again, gone above their expected duties to ensure our business as well as others, is promoted and supported effectively.