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This month we will meet at Plaza Garibaldi (935 Washington Avenue) at 7 pm, Thursday, January 29!

Do you want to learn some Spanish? Would you like to meet Spanish-speaking neighbors and help them to learn English, while supporting a local Mexican restaurant and building community in Passyunk Square? We generally meet one Thursday evening each month at a local restaurant to socialize and chat. This event is open to everyone and is informal and fun. If you come, you can order food or not, and you will be made to feel welcome!

La Hoja Informativa más reciente de la PSCA ahora está disponible en español. Haz clic aquí. The most recent PSCA Newsletter is now available in Spanish. Click here.

Time to get back into the swing of things in 2015 with our first General Meeting of the year, this Tuesday, January 6! We will meet at 6:30 pm at Annunciation BVM Church Hall (10th & Dickinson). Friends of Jackson president Melissa Wilde will join us as a guest speaker to share what the organization is all about and give us a preview of their spring fundraiser. You can also find more information about the Friends of Jackson and many ways to help support Andrew Jackson Elementary on their website, friendsofjackson.org - and be sure to read on for some ongoing volunteer openings!

2015TreecyclingChristmas Tree Recycling Event

Saturday, January 10 – 10am to 4pm at 13th & Reed (Columbus Square Park)

It’s time to recycle your Christmas trees! Don’t leave your Christmas tree on the curb for trash pick-up – they will only rot in a landfill. Bring your undecorated trees to the “tree-cycling” event to be repurposed as wood chips and mulch for our local parks and gardens!

A $5 donation will help defray the cost of the chipping.

We are looking for a few individuals to assist us during the Tree Recycling event.  Serious inquiries, please contact event chair Nick Ventrola at nicholas.ventrola@gmail.com!

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities at Jackson

Looking for a way to help our neighborhood’s students and educators? Andrew Jackson Elementary School could use the support of:

1. Trained professionals who can help level readers and organize books in the library.
2. Dependable volunteers who are willing to partner with a particular teacher and volunteer in the classroom regularly (once a week for at least a couple of hours a week).
3. Trustworthy volunteers to staff the front desk.
4. Trained mental health professionals who are willing to help the counselor out regularly at least once a week).
5. Trained medical professionals who are willing to help the nurse out regularly (at least once a week).

6. People willing to help out at various afterschool programs regarding the roof deck garden, the forthcoming greenhouse, chess club, or who might be willing to run an afterschool homework club.

Email friendsofjacksonschool@gmail.com if you are able to assist with any of the needs above, or to request more information. Thank you for supporting our local schools!

Come join the committee for this year’s Art Auction! If you have an interest in the growing artist community in South Philadelphia or love planning events, please consider joining our great team to make it happen. The first meeting will be in January, with bi-monthly meetings in anticipation for the March event. Interested? Contact event chair Lindsey Scannapieco  at artauction@passyunk.org.

Language Outreach

South Philly Language Exchange Program
Do you want to learn some Spanish? Would you like to meet Spanish-speaking neighbors and help them to learn English, while supporting a local Mexican restaurant and building community in Passyunk Square? If so, stay tuned on our Facebook page and passyunksquare.org for details on our next Language Exchange event! We generally meet one Thursday evening each month at a local restaurant to socialize and chat. This event is open to everyone and is informal and fun. If you come, you can order food or not, and you will be made to feel welcome!

ESL Classes
The next session of ESL classes is set to begin again on January 26! Level 0 and level 1 classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Columbus Square Rec Center. Call Chris DiCapua at (267) 467-4307 for more information, or watch for information on our Facebook page and passyunksquare.org.

stormwater management garden

Soak It Up! Adoption Program – Volunteers Needed!
PSCA is working with the Philadelphia Water Department this year to ensure that stormwater management installations in our neighborhood – the planters and rain garden at Columbus Square Park, the planter outside the South Philadelphia Older Adult Center, the tree trench on 12th Street between Dickinson and Tasker, and the tree trench on 10th Street between Wilder and Reed – are as beautiful as they are effective in keeping our water clean.

Thank you to those who have already volunteered to help! If you are interested in being trained to monitor stormwater sites, please email beautification@passyunk.org. Being a monitor is as easy as submitting an online form each week to report on the condition of these gardens. You can also read more about PWD’s innovative Green Cities, Clean Waters initiative at their website.

The Zoning Committee will meet on Tuesday, January 13, 7pm at Annunciation BVM Church Hall (10th & Dickinson). There are three cases for consideration this month:

  • 1151 S. 7th: Permit to legalize use as two-family.
  • 1225 E. Passyunk: An application to legalize an existing outdoor sign. (Rescheduled from December’s meeting.)
  • 1331 Juniper: Permit to erect three-story addition (max. height 44 feet) with elevator penthouse above for use as 12 dwelling units on floors 2-4 with 12 parking spaces and accessory office.

Email zoning@passyunk.org with any questions regarding the Zoning Committee.

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