Third Quarter 2013
Twelve years ago Church Army officer, John Stanley, arranged for
the purchase of an old, rundown store front on Franklin
Avenue. At that time, he had the vision for and the hope that
volunteers would have a working coffee shop ministry in six
months’ time. In actuality, it took nearly four years of
volunteer labor to get up and running. That four years produced
Uncommon Grounds Cafe, a fully functional café
and coffee shop located at 380 Franklin Avenue in downtown
Aliquippa, that eight years later still runs strong with the
assistance and the efforts of many volunteers.
reality, the purpose of Uncommon Grounds Cafe is not to merely
provide a palce for a delicious coffee or sandwich. In fact, it
aspires to help a whole community heal and lead individuals to
Jesus. This is done in a myriad of ways such as connecting
someone in need with the proper social services; sometimes it’s
just listening; or sometimes its guiding people
to local churches. Volunteers undergo training not only to make
various coffee drinks, but also to understand how to deal with
difficult situations and people.
The idea of Uncommon
Grounds Cafe is to provide space for those in need of healing
everyone to be themselves and to express themselves
and thus to be heard and to be appreciated by connecting with
one another. Promoting diversity is critical. Additionally, they
work to draw local churches in to work together, no
matter their particular denomination, for the common good of
Aliquippa and its people.
Uncommon Grounds Cafe also
offers many other opportunities to the Aliquippa community such
as hosting Bible studies, workshops, having an outdoor
garden, featuring music and open mic nights, and featuring art
of local artists and local youth on its walls.
Grounds Cafe hours of operation are the following…visit soon!
7am-5pm Tuesday, Wednesday
7am-midnight Thursday, Friday
Second Quarter 2013
The Aliquippa Franklin Avenue Development Committee is pleased
as its quarterly featured Downtown Recognition Recipient.
Communicycle is a part of AMP-Aliquippa Mission Programs. AMP is
a collaborative effort of Aliquippa area churches and
organizations. It is an outgrowth of various mission projects
completed in the past 2-3 years by the partnering organizations.
Communicycle Aliquippa collects used bikes and parts, and
provides a way for children and adults to earn a bike through
volunteering. People can also bring their bikes to the shop or
to our “Communicycle on the Road” events and we’ll help them
repair their bikes using our tools and parts.
Communicycle Aliquippa grew out of a handicapped ramp
construction project in September 2011. While building the ramp
for an Aliquippa woman, volunteers became friends with her
grandchildren who lived with her. They loved helping with the
ramp construction and one evening one of the boys dragged up his
bike and asked them to fix it. A few new parts and a wheel
rebuild, and he was happily racing around the neighborhood
The next evening a second boy asked if the volunteers could fix
his bike. It needed a lot more work so word was put out through
the AMP groups to look for an old bike that could be used for
parts. The conversation turned to how many more people could be
helped through a bike program. Communicycle Aliquippa has a
large selection of donated bikes & parts. The shop is located at
329 Franklin Ave (across from the Aliquippa Police Station), and
is open Thursdays from 6:00 – 8:30 PM and Saturdays from 9:30 AM
– Noon. You can select a bike and volunteer to earn it. If you
already have a bike that needs repaired, you can bring it in and
we’ll help you fix it.
If you are selecting a bike from
the shop inventory, we’ll ask that you commit to a certain
number of volunteer hours - at your church or another church, at
the Uncommon Grounds Café, at the bike shop, and/or in your
community. Talk to one of our volunteers for details.
Communicycle Aliquippa accepts donations of bikes (in any
condition). All bikes, parts and repairs are then offered to the
community at no cost. The Aliquippa Franklin Avenue Development
Committee thanks Communicycle and the AMP for the wonderful work
they do and the dedication they put forth for our community.
First Quarter 2013
The Aliquippa Franklin Avenue Development Committee is pleased
to feature Stacey and Mike Henry as this
featured Downtown Recognition Recipient.
Stacey and Mike
Henry have been active in the Aliquippa community for a number
of years, first as football and basketball coaches and
afterwards as daycare operators. Mrs. Henry saw opening their
daycare, Today's Kidz Child Care Center, located at 385 Franklin
Avenue, as a natural extension of their community activities in
that many of the individuals she and her husband coached over
the years as 4th, 5th and 6th graders are now the parents of the
children who attend their daycare. In a few cases, the Henrys
have served three generations of a family.
expresses that in addition to quality daycare, the couple makes
a concerted effort to provide quality pre-K education to the
children. Mrs. Henry carefully tracks each child's progress so
the child can be properly prepared for the academics that will
come beyond the walls of the daycare in future years.
Before the sports center was built, the older and advanced
younger children were provided educational activities at the
Cyber Lounge, as the older children did not like the idea of
being in "daycare". Those children transitioned to the sports
center once construction was completed. The Henrys built the
sports center with private funds. When asked why she and her
husband built the sports center, Mrs. Henry's response was "that
when Aliquippa's gym was demolished several years ago, we needed
a place to continue engaging the children we coached and my
husband suggested that we construct a gym on the site where it
now sits." The Henrys, who have been in the daycare business now
for 10 years, desired the structured environment and
encouragement provided to the children they serve to remain
consistent, even as the children grew older; therefore, building
the gym seemed both a natural and logical next step.
a month at "The Top of the Lounge", a beautifully decorated
space above the Cyber Lounge, Mr. and Mrs. Henry once provided
dinner parties for parents so that mom and dad could dress up
and socialize with other parents. This was also a way for the
Henrys to touch base with the parents of their daycare children.
The couple does not typically rent out The Top of the Lounge for
outside events as the couple desire to remain focused on the
children. Mrs. Henry stated that she would like to resume the
monthly dinners but a hectic schedule has not yet allowed for
Mike and Stacey Henry are totally devoted to the
children of the Aliquippa community. Additionally, with the
daycare, Cyber Lounge and sports center all on Franklin Avenue,
they are invested in the downtown area as well.
Aliquippa Franklin Avenue Development Committee is so very
appreciative to have the Henry's in our community and thank them
for their limitless dedication to our children, our town, and
Fourth Quarter 2012
The Aliquippa Franklin Avenue Development Committee is happy to
recognize the efforts of Mayor Dwan Walker and city
councilman, Donald Walker to adopt an official city
flag as the featured downtown recognition recipient.
effort to have an official city flag is being pursued in the
hopes of building city pride and hope. The Aliquippa varsity
football team recently carried the proposed flag onto the field.
The flag's design is bisected diagonally with red on top and
black on the bottom; Aliquippa printed in white letters; a
silhouette of an American Indian in a chief's headdress; and the
date the City was incorporated.
The flag was designed by
Bruce Donoso in 2005. Donoso was an Aliquippa student
participating in a contest sponsored by the Franklin Avenue
The Aliquippa Franklin Avenue
Development Committee applauds these gentlement on their efforts
to instill hope and pride in our community!
Third Quarter 2012
The Aliquippa Franklin Avenue Development Committee is please to
recognize Stop and Shop as this quarter's
featured downtown recognition recipient.
The Stop and
Shop located at 614 Franklin Avenue offers a gas station and
convenience store. The store has been on Franklin Avenue
for approximately 10 years. The Stop and Shop has also
generously donated to the town, churches, and other such
organizations over the years.
The Aliquippa Franklin
Avenue Development Committee is happy to have the Stop and Shop
on Franklin Avenue and thanks them for their dedication to
Second Quarter 2012
Franklin Avenue Development Committee is pleased to recognize
Earl Trump as the
Featured Downtown Recognition Recipient this quarter.
Earl Trump has been a dedicated member of the Franklin Avenue
Development Committee and is committed to revitalizing the
Franklin Avenue business district. Earl Trump is the owner of
Demenel’s located at 728 Franklin Avenue. As part of Earl’s
dedication to the Franklin Avenue Development Committee, he
recently attended an Educational Workshop on New Business
Recruitment sponsored by the Beaver County Mainstreet Network.
The Franklin Avenue Development Committee thanks Earl Trump for
his commitment to Downtown Aliquippa!
First Quarter 2012
Aliquippa Franklin Avenue Development Committee is pleased to
recognize the Aliquippa Council of Men and Fathers
as its featured Downtown Recognition Recipient.
council was founded in 2009 and organized by Shon Owens.
The council hopes to grow in 2012 by adding more men and fathers
to mentor kids, mediate disagreements, and foster a sense of
community. This group of volunteers has set out to change
the city and the negative perceptions associated with it.
The council has made strategic decisions to spend time in
areas like the Plan 12 neighborhood, at sporting events, and at
a tutoring program in the schools. The efforts have
brought people out of their homes in neighborhoods and provided
a sense of community. In many ways, the council has
provided a neighborhood watch resulting in less crime in the
The efforts of the Aliquippa Council of Men
and Fathers are chaning the way the people of Aliquippa view
themselves and helping them to become more vested in the
community, while at the same time helping to change the
perceptions of people outside of the community.
Aliquippa Franklin Avenue Development Committee applauds the
efforts of the Council and acknowledges their outstanding
contributions to our community!
Fourth Quarter 2011
The Franklin Avenue Development Committee has chosen to
recognize Reverend Mike Anastas and Mt.
Carmel Presbyterian Church for their leadership in our
community. Mt. Carmel and the Reverends' ongoing service
and commitment to our community are appreciated and their
efforts have not gone unnoticed. We also take this
opportunity to recognize Uncommon Grounds Cafe,
their staff, patrons and friends for their constant dedication
in the many community projects initiated over the years.
In particular, the committee wishes to recognize the assistance
given by both Mt. Carmel and Uncommon Grounds Cafe in flood
relief efforts this past summer. The committee is proud to
recognize the service both groups provided to the community of
Aliquippa during this troubling time. Thank you.
Third Quarter 2011
The Franklin Avenue Development Committee has chosen Sandy
Edwards as its 3rd Quarter Downtown Recognition recipient
for 2011. Sandy is being recognized for educational programming
at the Franklin Center and as a leader in our community. Sandy's
service and commitment to our community is appreciated and her
efforts have not gone unnoticed.
Through her leadership,
Aliquippa youth have enjoyed many academic enrichment programs
such as the Green Tea, Biz camps and E-Club among others. These
programs foster a sense of teamwork and responsibility. It also
provides a safe place for kids in the summer and allows them to
use their summer constructively, and teaches them the importance
of making a difference through helping others. Sandys efforts
have provided an educational and communtiy work experience for
local youths while also enhancing Aliquippa community
beautification, volunteerism, community involvement and culture.
Local businesses can support Sandy's efforts and the Franklin
Center by donating to the Franklin Center's Educational Programs
while receiving a tax credit. The EITC Program allows your
company to reallocate our tax dollars to youth education
programs in your own communities.
Second Quarter 2011
The Aliquippa Franklin Avenue Development Committee (AFADC) has
chosen The Community of
Celebration as its 2nd Quarter Downtown
Recognition Recipient for 2011.
This religious order was originally established in the
Anglican Church in England
In the mid-1960’s, its roots began in Houston’s inner city
Church of the Redeemer and today the Community’s home is in
Aliquippa. Its public ministry focuses on programs that are
anti-drug, anti-crime and anti-domestic violence. The
organization also works to provide affordable quality housing to
The community is located at
809 Franklin Avenue
and includes: All Saints House, a chapel, dining hall,
conference room and accommodations for visiting mission teams
and people on retreat. It also owns 14 row houses on
and a beautiful English garden, which is actually tended by
Maggie who visits from
three times a year!
Bill Farra is its Primary Guardian and a dedicated downtown
volunteer. He serves
on the boards of the Uncommon Grounds Café, The Franklin Center
and the AFADC as chair of the Architecture and Design committee.
For more information on this remarkable and inspirational
organization, please visit the website at
Congratulations and many thanks for your outstanding
contributions to Aliquippa and
its community life!
First Quarter 2011
The Franklin Avenue Development Committee has chosen
Dean Baldwin as its 1st Quarter Downtown Recognition
Recipient for 2011.
Dean is the Art Director at R.O.O.T.S. and has channeled the
artistic skills of young local artists in many ways.
One example is the painted boards that decorate vacant
buildings on Franklin Avenue. In October, 2009, Dean
was the recipient of a Main Street Award for Architecture &
Design for the painted board project.
Dean is also
involved in Aliquippa Impact Summer Day Camp and the Drama Camp
where he served as a volunteer in media help from 2006-2008.
Dean is a very
accomplished artist himself and has held art exhibits of his
work at the Uncommon Grounds Café, Three Rivers Art Festival,
Center in Auburn,
NY and the European
University in Cypress. He uses oils and acrylics to paint
his favorite subjects: social criticism, personal expression and
importantly, Dean also works as a community activist,
encouraging at-risk Aliquippa youth who attend
Academy to “embrace
creativity, expression and positive outlet through the arts”. He
is currently involved with coordinating public works in
Aliquippa, raising awareness for Beaver County Fair Housing and
facilitating the creation of a mural depicting Aliquippa’s history as a thriving steel town, what it is
today and finally, what it will be in the future.
Aliquippa is extremely fortunate to have such a talented, caring and
involved young man like Dean. The AFADC congratulates him on
this very special honor.
Fourth Quarter 2010
The Aliquippa Franklin Avenue Development Committee
would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Shon
Owens as our 4th Quarter Downtown Recognition Recipient
being recognized for his work with
The Aliquippa Council of Men and Fathers. His goal to
help fathers establish deeper connections with their children
and become more actively involved in their community
is the first step in reducing crime, poverty and other
social ills. The Board commends Shon for his dedication to our
families and community life.
Third Quarter 2010
The Aliquippa Franklin Avenue Development Committee has chosen
Mary K Wawro as its
3rd Quarter Downtown Recognition Recipient for 2010. Mary
K is a valued member of the AFADC and is being recognized for
her dedication and support of the downtown. She recently
completed a facade renovation on the first floor of her
building, Wawro's Bar, at 395 Franklin Avenue. Future
plans include renovations of the 2nd and 3rd floors, as well as
an apartment for Mary K.
Second Quarter 2010
Franklin Avenue Development Committee has chosen the
Department as its 2nd Quarter Downtown
Recognition Recipient for 2010.
The Department is being honored for its dedicated efforts
to make Aliquippa’s main street
safe. Chief Ralph Pallante is introducing a new program that
will place officers on
walking and riding bikes or motorcycles.
the department is working with the Aliquippa Men’s Council
Shon Owens and other members of the Men’s Council will work
weekends in group areas to reduce loitering.
Franklin Avenue Development Committee thanks Chief Pallante,
Sgt. Steve Roberts and the other members of the Police
Department for taking the initiative to reduce crime and
violence on our streets.
First Quarter 2010
Emanual "Manny" Panos has been recognized by the Aliquippa
Franklin Avenue Development Committee for his 22 years of
dedicated service to Aliquippa. He always puts the patient
first, providing many services with one friendly stop.
Fourth Quarter 2009 Downtown Recognition: Main Street Awards
On Wednesday, October 28th each of the ten Riverfront
towns honored individuals and businesses that made outstanding
contributions to their downtowns.
Recognition was made in three categories: Business
Development, Architecture & Design and Community Life.
Commissioners Joe Spanik and Charles Camp offered words of support
and encouragement to the 100+ audience gathered at Tinitique
Restaurant in Bridgewater.
Chairpersons from the various
Business District Authorities and Development Corporations described
the accomplishments of their honorees with the help of a PowerPoint
presentation. Each winner received a Main Street Award plaque in the
appropriate category and a group photo was taken.
The event was
hosted by the Community Development Program of Beaver County, which
provides a wide array of programs and services which support and
encourage downtown revitalization for its ten downtown community
members, and Town Center Associates, a planning and management firm
specializing in downtown revitalization.
The Aliquippa Franklin Avenue Development Committee presented Main
Street Awards to:
Stacey and Michael Henry
Third Quarter 2009 Downtown Recognition:
R.O.O.T.S. Academy Art Program
Dean Baldwin, Director
Architecture & Design
Pastor Joel Repic
Aliquippa Impact Summer Program
Pastor Joel Repic is being recognized for his work with Aliquippa
Impact. His programs include training adult mentors to provide
positive guidance to students who attend ROOTS Academy, Street
Ministry to Aliquippa families, and City Camps which offer training
in leadership development, business development, global awareness,
enrichment, art, painting, photography and music classes.
Second Quarter 2009 Downtown Recognition:
Ben and Luke Stanley and Christina Mutchler have been
selected as Downtown Recognition recipients for their work with this
year's Easter Egg Hunt which took place on Saturday, April 11th at
the the Uncommon Grounds Cafe. These young volunteers organized and
orchestrated the entire event, filled plastic eggs with treats and
helped the children in their hunt.
First Quarter 2009 Downtown Recognition:
Stacey and Michael Henry have been chosen for their commitment to
Franklin Avenue. They own Today's Kidz Child Care, the
adjoining playground, the Cyber Cafe and are currently completing a
new recreational facility.
Aliquippa Franklin Avenue Development Committee congratulates the
following businesses for their 10 or more years in our central
Hoffman’s Drug Store
Franklin Sporting Goods
Junak’s Auto Repair
The Salvation Army
AAUD Franklin Center
The Aliquippa Franklin
Avenue Development Committee thanks the following businesses for
opening in our central business district during the past 2 years:
The Cyber Lounge