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On Wednesday, April 20th, The Olney Community Collaborative teamed up with Alliance Real Estate, Rick Thorpe of Vision Mortgage Capital, Marc Jones of American Home Building Inspectors Inc and the Korean Community Development Services Center’s Housing Counseling Department to discuss issues such as credit & budget, mortgages, predatory lending issues, home inspections and much more.

The event took place at the Greater Olney Free Library Branch and was well attended by local residents interested in purchasing a home in the near future. The OCC hopes to make this First Time Homebuyer’s Workshop an annual event.

For information on housing counseling, please contact

KCDSC Housing Department        or        GPASS
6055 N. 5th Street                                       4943 N. 5th Street
215.276.8033                                               215.456.1662

You may have walked past this shop many times, unaware of the unique treasures it holds inside.  It’s ok, I did too. That’s something Marie, owner of Bethlehem Star Hats, is looking to change. Nestled inbetween the 400 and 500 block of W. Tabor Road sits Marie’s handmade hat shop,  which was previously a Hair salon.

Though the sign outside her building leads you to believe 431 W. Tabor Road is still indeed a hair salon, upon entering you will be pleasantly surprised to find hundreds of handmade hats, handbags, and dresses.  With a little help from the Commerce Department’s Storefront Improvement Program and the guidance of the North 5th Street Revitalization Project staff, Marie’s shop will soon be on its way to getting a makeover. The end result will not allow a single patron to walk by without taking note of the unique accessories Bethlehem Star Hats has to offer!

When you’re shopping along the North 5th Street Corridor, be sure visit Marie and add a handmade gem to your collection of accessories.

431 W. Tabor Road

Philadelphia, PA 19120

phone: 215-242-5540

Olney Tree Tenders has available shade trees from the City of Philadelphia to plant for interested homeowners!

In order to receive a tree, you must be the homeowner and agree to provide care for the newly planted tree. The city will cut tree openings in the concrete in front of your house if necessary.

To request a tree or volunteer with the Olney Tree Tenders, call 215.224.4036.

Deadline: April 30, 2011

The School District of Philadelphia

Office of Early Childhood Education


In Partnership with



(Child MUST be 3 years old on or before September 1St)

The Program provides:

  • Age Appropriate Child Development Curriculum
  • Introduction to technology in the classroom
  • Cultural enrichment/educational experiences
  • Service to children with Special Needs and Disabilities
  • Family/Parent Involvement Opportunities
  • Free Breakfast, Lunch, and Snack Daily

Time to Register is NOW! Limited Space is Available!

65TH and Elmwood [red building in the park]

Tuesday, March 22, 2011: 9 AM-12 PM and 2 PM- 5 PM

Saturday, April 2, 2011: 9 AM-12 PM

Please Prepare and Bring the Following Information to your Registration Appointment:

  • Copy of Child’s Birth Certificate. Proof of Age is required.
  • Copy of Social Security Card Copy (optional).
  • Child’s Immunization Record and/or Child Health Assessment
  • Dental form completed by Dentist  or Appointment Date
  • Verification of Income, e.g. Pay Stub, Letter from Employer, TANF Letter, Social Security Benefit Letter, Unemployment Statement or 1040 Tax Return.

Check out the before and after pictures of our awning at the North 5th Street Revitalization Project’s Office (5738 N. 5th Street). During our February 12th Clean-Up Event with BuildOn,  volunteers cleaned the windows and awnings of business along the N. 5th Street corridor in addition to collecting many, many bags of trash.

Awning Before

Awning After

Wow, what a difference!

Join us for our next clean-up this Saturday, March 12th!

Volunteers will meet at the North 5th Street office @ 9:00am.