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Dear Friends:

What an exciting time for TTF and our work in the watershed!

Our new home at Globe Dye Works has enabled us to host exciting, valuable happenings, from last month's fun, networking extravaganza Office Warming to an informational meeting about The Circuit Campaign to a program about stormwater management resources for commercial property owners presented by the Philadelphia Water Department and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

We look forward to continuing to work with our partners to bring people and organizations together to discuss, learn about, and advocate for ways to improve our neighborhood, watershed, city, county, and region. If you have any ideas about programs you'd like to see, just let me know.

We value your input! Please help us help make this newsletter meet your needs. Click here to tell us how by completing this survey. All respondents will receive your choice of a FREE TTF decal or native seed packet.  

Looking forward to seeing you this fall!

Best,
Julie
Julie Slavet, Executive Director 

  

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SOWING THE SEEDS OF CHANGE AT ABINGTON HEADWATERS

This past weekend, TTF along with the Abington School District, partners, and over 60 volunteers completed the second phase of buffer planting along East Baeder Creek. The creek's eastern branch, one of our creek's headwaters, begins on the campus of 

Whole Foods Jenkintown employees volunteer at the planting.\

Abington Jr. High School. We planted more than 300 native trees, shrubs, and grasses! Volunteers also removed invasive plants and applied "No Dumping - Drains to Creek" markers to campus storm drains.

 

Last year, a 16,000 square foot buffer and over 500 native tree, shrubs, grasses and wildflowers were planted during phase one. Read about that planting here.


This project will improve water quality in Baeder Creek, reduce runoff and pollutants as well as downstream flooding, improve habitat for wildlife, and beautify our watershed. Learn more about riparian buffers 
here

 

The Baeder Creek Riparian Buffer Project is a partnership of TTF, the Abington School District, Abington Township Environmental Advisory Council (EAC), NAM Planning & Design, LLC, and Briar Bush Nature Center and is made possible through a TreeVitalize grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Aqua Pennsylvania.
TACONY CREEK PARK: WORD ON THE TRAIL
Stay in the loop about what's happening in Tacony Creek Park. Here's a brief update from Alix Howard, TTF Education & Outreach Director: 

TTF is proud of all of the momentum generated in and around Tacony Creek Park in the last year. We're excited about the future!

From our Trash Task Force to partnerships with Philadelphia's Parks & Recreation and Water departments, The Scattergood Foundation, Juniata Action Committee and many others, we have lots planned for the coming year. We invite
you to join us to watch the park blossom and grow! For upcoming Tacony Creek Park events, check out Events below!

See you at our Doggie Costume Contest! 
And watch your email for information about how to enter our photo contest!

Catch up on the latest Tacony Creek Park news: Philly In Focus: Tacony Creek Park Cleanup! (September 18, 2013) and Philly.comJuniata Park has new nature trail and new hope (October 7, 2013)
GET CONNECTED TO THE CIRCUIT!  

Do you like to walk and bike? Get to work and get exercise? Learn more about how you and your community can be connected to The Circuit, Greater Philadelphia's 

multi-use trail network connecting communities in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and beyond. Over 250 miles of the system are open, 50 more miles will come online soon, and 450 miles remain to be built. 

 

TTF recently joined the Circuit Coalition, and we're so excited that our watershed and trails are part of the Circuit! This is a wonderful opportunity for neighborhoods and communities across our watershed. Read more about TTF joining the Circuit here.

 

Please show your support by attending an upcoming meeting to learn more about The Circuit and the Circuit Commitment campaign, whose goal is to replenish the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission's Regional Trail Fund, a competitive grant program established by the William Penn Foundation. The fund has distributed nearly $10 million in our nine-county region, to plan, design and build nearly 40 miles of trail.

 

Light dinner will be provided.

 

DATE: Tuesday, October 29 
TIME: 6:00 p.m. 
PLACE: Glenside Hall, 185 S. Keswick Avenue, Glenside 19038
CONTACT:  RSVP to Julie at julie@ttfwatershed.org or 215.744.1853. 
TTF JOINS EXCITING FRANKFORD INITIATIVE

TTF has jumped on board as a project partner for Destination Frankford, an initiative of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC) and ArtPlace America. This project will increase exposure to Frankford's growing arts scene, add vibrancy to Frankford's commercial corridor, and attract new artists, businesses, and residents to Frankford. 

 

Brynn Monaghan, TTF Communications Director, will lead social media efforts, promoting and publicizing the initiative. We are proud to be in the company of these project partners: Frankford Community Development Corporation, Councilwoman Maria D. Quiñones-Sánchez, Keep Philadelphia Beautiful, and The Frankford Gazette. 

 

The first of many exciting projects is the design and installation of permanent artwork in Womrath Park. PCPC invites all professional artists living within driving distance of Philadelphia to apply for a public art commission. Artists are asked to submit qualifications to design permanent artwork for Frankford's historic Womrath Park. Share this Call for Artists with the artists in your life! 

Be sure to follow Destination Frankford on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER: STAFF RECOMMENDED READS
Julie, Brynn, Amanda & Alex

Julie's Pick

Emma Marris: Rambunctious Garden: Saving Nature in a Post-Wide World 

 

Alix's Pick

Science Daily: "Turning Plastic Bags Into High-Tech Materials"

 

Alex's Pick

Philly.com: "Tapping into a constant resource: sewage's heat" 

 

Brynn's Pick

Green Philly Blog: DesignPhiladelphia 2013: 7 Green & Sustainability Events!

 

Intern Amanda's Pick

  

 

JUMP IN AND GET WET WITH A TTF INTERNSHIP
Intern

Interested in interning with TTF this year? We accept graduate, college or exceptional high school students with:

  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Interest in improving the health of our urban watershed
  • Minimum commitment of 16 hours per week.

TTF provides a supportive and educational internship experience. Apply here or contact Alix Howard at 215.844.1853 or alix@ttfwatershed.org.

AND STAY DRY WITH A TTF UMBRELLA!
Dottie with TTF Umbrella
TTF friend Dottie B. loves her umbrella!

 

 

You may wonder, how can I support TTF

AND stay dry in style? 

 

By buying one of our beautiful new wooden handle golf umbrellas, of course! 

 

These umbrellas, complete with our logo, are $35 each.
 
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 EVENTS MayEvents
Please note: TTF's outdoor events are canceled in the case of heavy rain.
Please check our 
Event calendar for up-to-date information.
Events are FREE unless indicated. 


 
JOIN US IN OCTOBER & NOVEMBER!

HALLOWEEN DOGGIE COSTUME CONTEST
Join us for this fun dog walk and costume show! TTF will distribute doggie goody bags and teach humans how to take good care of our water while they take good care of their dog. Refreshments and prizes will be provided. Dogs must be leashed and get along with other dogs and people.
DATE: Saturday,October 26
TIME: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
PLACE: Whitaker Avenue and Loudon Street, Philadelphia 19120
CONTACT: RSVP to Alix Howard at alix@ttfwatershed.org or 215.744.1853

CIRCUIT CAMPAIGN INFORMATIONAL MEETINGThe Circuit BCGP
TTF will host an informational meeting about the Circuit Commitment campaign, whose goal is to replenish the DVRPC's Regional Trail Fund, a competitive grant program established by the William Penn Foundation. The fund has distributed nearly $10 million in our nine-county region to help plan, design and build nearly 40 miles of trail.
Light dinner will be provided.
DATE: Tuesday, October 29 
TIME: 6:00 p.m. 
PLACE: Glenside Hall, 185 S. Keswick Avenue, Glenside 19038
CONTACT: RSVP to Julie at julie@ttfwatershed.org or 215.744.1853.

LOVE YOUR PARK: TACONY CREEK PARK PLANTING DAY 

Join TTF for a day of planting and cleaning. All supplies and refreshments will be provided. Love Your Park is a partnership between Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, the Fairmount Park Conservancy and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society to steward and support neighborhood parks throughout Philadelphia.    

DATE: Saturday, November 16

TIME: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

PLACE: Fisher's Lane and Ramona Avenue, Philadelphia 19124

CONTACT: RSVP to Alix Howard at  alix@ttfwatershed.org or 215.744.1853

 
PARTNER EVENTS

 

E-WASTE RECYCLING EVENT  
Wholes Foods Market on the Fairway is hostimg an "Anything with a Plug" e-Waste recycling event. This special e-waste recycling collection event is intended for items that are typically purchased during the year like toys, computers, laptops, televisions, cell phones, other electronic devices, and much more. "Anything with a Plug™" will be accepted and recycled (except large appliances, smoke detectors and projection TVs). A $20 fee will apply to process glass (tube) TVs and computer monitors, but all other unwanted items will be accepted free.

All materials collected will be recycled in an environmentally friendly manner and for your security, ALL media data that are collected are destroyed. This FREE service is provided by Whole Foods Market Jenkintown and all material collected will be processed by eForce Compliance, the first dual certified electronic recycler in the Delaware Valley. 
DATE: Thursday, October 10
TIME: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
PLACE: Whole Foods Market on the Fairway, 1575 The Fairway, Jenkintown, 19046
CONTACT: Whole Foods Market at 215.481.0800.

 

 

PWD & ECA RAIN BARREL WORKSHOPS

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Fall is coming, but the rain is not going to quit. Rain barrel workshops and installs will continue all year! A little cold won't hurt your barrel. Installers can winterize your barrel for you during installation. The workshop will consist of a video, presentation, and question and answer period. Note: You will not receive your barrel at the workshop, but will be contacted to schedule an installation. To receive a rain barrel you must fill out and return a waiver, available here. If you are unable to access the waiver, they will be available at the workshop.

 

DATE: Wednesday, October 16

TIME: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

PLACE: Calvary Church, 801 South 48th Street, Philadelphia 19143

 To register for this workshop please click here.  

  

DATE: Wednesday, November 6 

TIME: 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

PLACE: PECO Headquarters Conference Lobby, 2301 Market St, Philadelphia 19103

To register for this workshop please click here. 

 

CONTACT: Aaron Slater, Rain Barrel Program Manager at 215.609.1083 or rainbarrels@ecasavesenergy.org


ABINGTON TOWNSHIP SHADE TREE COMMISSION FALL FESTIVAL
Fun for all ages! Play: treasure hunt, rain barrel toss, tree part art, demo by chain-saw carving artist. Learn: select native plants, plant a tree, prune for health and beauty, rain garden basics. Plantpick up your pre-ordered trees, and purchase additional plants. Pre-order trees by October 1. Choose from three native trees: Eastern Redbud, Flowering Dogwood, Sugar Maple: Small (2-4 ft./$15) Medium (3-4 ft./$25) Large (4-6 ft./$35). Trees are container grown. Send your name, email, phone number, list of trees you'd like and payment to Abington Township Shade Tree Commission, c/o Maria Wyrsta, 1176 Old York Road, Abington 19001. Checks payable to "Abington Township".

DATE: Saturday, October 19

TIME: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
PLACE: Grove Park, 1383 N. Easton Rd., Roslyn 19001-- just north of Woodland Ave

CONTACT:  For help choosing trees, Rita Stevens at 215.536.1003 or abingtontrees@gmail.com.

 

FREE PAPER SHRED EVENT
Residents of Abington Township are encouraged to bring peronal confidential documents and files to this event. No need to remove binder covers, paper clips or staples. All material will be recycled. Limit of 4 boxes or bags per car. Boxes cannot be bigger than 1.2 cubic ft and weigh more than 30 lbs. For more details, visit here
DATE: Saturday, October 19
TIME: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
PLACE: Abington Township Highway Yard, 2201 Florey Lane, Roslyn 19001
CONTACT: Abington Township Public Works Facility at 267.536.1034/267.536.1038.
 
STORMWATER MANAGEMENT TOOLS: REAL LIFE SOLUTIONS FOR A RESILIENT COMMUNITY
This seminar will include a facilitated discussion on municipal stormwater management needs to help determine the direction of the county's stormwater program. More info here
DATE: Thursday, October 24
TIME: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
PLACE: Germantown Academy, Honickman Auditorium, 340 Morris Rd., Ft. Washington 19034
CONTACT: Register here by Monday, 10/21. Seminar questions: Drew Shaw 610.278.3733. Registration issues: Rita McKelvey 610.278.3753  
 
DR. PETER GLEICK: GLOBAL WATER CHALLENGES, ISSUES & SOLUTIONS
Don't miss Dr. Peter Gleick, leading expert, innovator and communicator on water and climate issues. His thought-provoking talk will delve into the complex, vital issues around water: human rights, the role of government and free markets, climate change and the importance of being green.
DATE: Friday, October 25, 2013
TIME: Lecture: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
PLACE: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Van Pelt Auditorium, Philadelphia 19130
TIME: Private Reception: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
PLACE: FWWIC, 640 Waterworks Dr, Philadelphia 19130
CONTACT: For more information, call 215.685.0723Get your tickets here

PARKVIEW PARK BUFFER PLANTING
Great service hour opportunity! Volunteers needed for riparian buffer planting at Parkview Park. Native trees, shrubs, and grasses will be planted. Bring your work gloves!
DATE: Saturday, October 26
TIME: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
PLACE: Parkview Park,  Parkview Road between Front Street and Ivinetta Road, Cheltenham 19012
CONTACT: Barb Duffy at 267.241.0041.

 

The National Drug Collection Day helps keep drugs out of the wrong hands as well as being flushed into waterways. Visit here for more information about the impacts of drugs and personal care products that reach our waterways.  
PLACE: Find your drop-off location here.

ANYTHING WITH A PLUG ECYCLING 
Abington Township is proud to offer residents the opportunity to responsibly recycle obsolete electronics. Electronics will be recycled by eForce Compliance, Philadelphia's first certified Responsible Recycler. All hard drives will be destroyed or wiped out. For more details, visit here. 
DATE: Saturday, November 9 
TIME: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
PLACE: Abington Township Public Works Facility, 2201 Florey Lane, Abington, PA 19001 
CONTACT: David Manzinger, Refuse Superintendent at 267.536.1037.
 
GREEN CITY, CLEAN WATERS INFO SESSION Green City, Clean Waters

Join PWD on the second Wednesday each quarter to learn about Green City, Clean Waters and how you can be involved. A great opportunity to get updates or provide feedback on projects in your neighborhood and meet others interested in transforming the city with green stormwater projects. 

DATE: Wednesday, December 11

TIME: 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
PLACE: Municipal Services Building, 16th Floor, Room C, 1401 JFK Blvd, Philadelphia 19102
CONTACT: RSVP here.
 
 

TTF's mission is to enhance the health and vitality of the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Creek and its watershed. We initiate and support efforts to restore the health of the watershed, and to mobilize our communities as watershed stewards through community outreach, networking, educational programs, and projects.

 

Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership, Inc.
phone: 215.744.1853 email: info@ttfwatershed.org  web: www.ttfwatershed.org

  

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