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House of Representatives
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: January 13, 2014 11:32 AM
From: Representative Rosita C. Youngblood
To: All House members
Subject: Designating a section of State Route 30 in Philadelphia County as Betty Ann Townes Memorial Highway
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation designating a section of State Route 30 in Philadelphia, from Clarissa Street to Chelten Ave, as the Betty Ann Townes Memorial Highway.

Betty Ann Townes, a longtime resident, community leader and political activist in Philadelphia, unexpectedly passed away on December 3, 2013. Not only was she was an active member of our community in Northwest Philadelphia -- serving as a block captain, ward leader, state committee person and political liaison for city government -- she was a philanthropist who used her talents as a restaurateur as a way to help others.

Her soul food restaurant "Knappy Knicky's," which opened in 1993 at Wayne Avenue and Seymour Street in Germantown, was known for its "chitlin hoagies," great food and family service. But the community also considered her restaurant to be a safe haven and a resource for anyone in need of food, clothing, jobs or shelter. Betty Ann started a culinary arts training program beside her restaurant that educated young people, as well as those who found themselves unemployed, in the art of cooking.

Betty Ann will be sorely missed in our community. Her legacy will continue, and I am requesting your sponsorship of this legislation so that we may honor all that she has done for the people of Northwest Philadelphia.

Please join me in sponsoring this legislation. Thank you for your consideration.

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Introduced as HB1971