Dear Passyunk Square Neighbor:

Thanks to you for your continued support which makes it possible for us to provide so many wonderful services to our community. As we reflect back on the past year, we are grateful to so many engaged community volunteers that have made our organization strong and our neighborhood so vital. We have accomplished so much and look forward to continuing to make our community an even better place to live in 2015. Whether you chipped in at a clean-up, participated in our home tour, volunteered on a committee, or simply attended our general meetings and shared your ideas, you were critical to our success and we hope you will keep on participating.

The PSCA is a volunteer-led and self-funded non-profit, and which runs on your donations of money and time! Every dollar raised will directly support weekly litter pick-up, tree planting and maintenance, education reform, neighborhood outreach and more!

Please consider making a fully tax-deductible donation to the Passyunk Square Civic Association, to help us maintain our momentum. You can donate on our website, www.passyunksquare.org, via PayPal or send us a check payable to Passyunk Square Civic Association, at P.O. Box 18052, Philadelphia, PA 19147. If your company or organization participates in the annual United Way Appeal, Passyunk Square Civic Association is a listed donor. Or, if your company offers a match program, we hope you will consider our organization. Whichever way you decide to contribute, we will put every dollar to good use here in our community. Listed below are just a few of our accomplishments over the past year:
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Get excited for two holiday events coming up very soon in Passyunk Square!

HolidayPartyInvitationOn December 2 at 6:30 pm we kick off the Holiday Party at Garage (1231 E. Passyunk Ave.)! See details on the invitation and on Facebook. Come out to Garage, bring a dish, bring a friend, or just bring yourself!

WHAT: The PSCA Holiday Party & Potluck
DATE: Tuesday, December 2
TIME: 6:30 pm til ??
LOCATION: Garage, 1231 E. Passyunk Ave.

Food will be provided, but if you would like to bring a special dish to share, email christineknapp@yahoo.com!

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And just a few days later, on Saturday, December 6, the 3rd Annual Christmas Tree & Wreath Event takes place at PSCA sponsor Urban Jungle!

From noon to 4 pm, a portion of purchases will benefit the Passyunk Square Civic Association. Urban Jungle will have live trees, wreaths, and other lovely greenery available.

Bring the whole family – festive face painting is offered from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm, and from 2 pm to 4 pm enjoy the seasonal sounds of the PSCA Carolers plus a visit from Santa himself!

WHAT: Christmas Tree & Wreath Event
DATE: Saturday, December 6
TIME: Noon to 4 pm; face painting from 12:30-2:30, carolers & Santa from 2 pm – 4 pm
LOCATION: Urban Jungle, 1526 E. Passyunk Ave.

 

November 4, 2014 General Meeting Minutes

Submitted by Chris DiCapua.
Meeting began at 6:39 pm, adjourned at 7:18 pm.
Present: Wilder, Klein, DiCapua, Knapp, Zenzola, Anton, Silva, Wyatt, D’Ippolito
Absent: Emma, DiGiulio, Antonellis

Welcome and Introductions:

Pam welcomed guests. She sent around a sign-in sheet to add names to our database. She encouraged meeting guests to introduce themselves and greet one another. Pam explained that a representative from Mural Arts was invited to speak tonight, but was unable to make it at the last minute. Pam encouraged residents to take down flyers/signs around the neighborhood when the events have passed.

Board Updates:

Parks and Immigrant Outreach

Chris announced that Columbus Square, Gold Star and Capitolo Parks will be holding their Love Your Park fall clean up day on Saturday, November 15. Guests should check park Facebook pages or websites for more information. He also announced that the next session of ESL classes will begin after the new year in January. The next South Philly Language Exchange will be held on Thursday, November 20 at 7:00 pm at Don Chucho’s Mexican Restaurant (1108 S. 9th St). Chris invited all those interested, regardless of their level of Spanish, to attend this community-building event.

Beautification

Sarah announced that Passyunk Gardens is closing for the season. The final workday was scheduled to be held last weekend, but was postponed due to the weather until this Saturday from 11-1. Sarah explained that the garden will be put to bed for the season. All are welcome to participate. Please send Sarah an email at beautification@passyunk.org to get on list serve.

A tree planting is set for November 15, at 8:45 am, starting at Capitolo Playground. 25 trees will be planted. Sarah anticipates a good core volunteer group, including students from Furness High School, but she could always use more help. Volunteers will be trained on how to plant trees. Those interested should email her for more details. Sarah announced that she is looking for people with tree tender experience especially. An after party will be held at Garage.

Mural Arts is beginning work on a new mural at 10th and Washington. They are looking to interview neighborhood residents in January to gather more information for the mural. Those interested in talking to Mural Arts people are encouraged to email Sarah.

Sarah explained to meeting guests that we partner with the PWD to take care of neighborhood stormwater planters, and we are looking for volunteers to help monitor them. We have volunteers for all five locations, but we need back up monitors. Please contact Sarah if you are interested in volunteering.

 Education

Tom announced that our second community day at Jackson School took place recently and was a great success. Volunteers painted fences, mulched, and built a greenhouse among other things. Tom informed guests that Friends of Jackson got their 501c3 from the IRS. They will be having a rooftop fundraiser scheduled for spring. Last Wednesday night at 6:30 at Columbus Recreation Center the Education Committee hosted Professor Cucchiara from Temple University who discussed enhancing community schools with a focus on equity. Last Thursday night Tom co-hosted a Teach For America alumni event at Cantina for all TFA alums in the 19147 zip code. Pam was invited to come and connect the group to the PSCA.

Home Tour

Caroline New, Home Tour event chair, announced that this year’s home tour was a successful event with 10 homes featured, 173 wristbands sold and 10 advertisers in the program book. Caroline thanked homeowners, advertisers and volunteers. She announced that over $4500 was raised. Three Home Tour sponsors were present at meeting and Pam recognized and thanked them.

Zoning

Jared announced that zoning meetings take place on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 and are held at Annunciation. He invited residents to attend these meetings, then summarized this month’s zoning case as follows: Only 1 November case – 1246 Federal owner came back for more discussion. Jared announced that last month the committee heard a preview presentation from the owners of a lot across from Pat’s. The owner wants ground floor retail space with 21 residential units above it. No provision for parking was discussed. The building would be 4 stories high. The owner will be coming back to discuss further.

Fundraising

Ilene passed out annual appeal letter. She asked guests to consider donating money to be able to keep up the great work that the civic association does.

Announcements:

Pam announced that out annual Holiday Party will take place on December 2. It will be held at Garage starting at 6:30 pm. She invited all guests to attend.

Pam announced the Christmas Tree Sale will be held this year at Urban Jungle on December 6. She asked those who wish to volunteer to be PSCA Christmas carolers this year to see her.

 

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.

General Meeting Location Change

Brr! Feel that chill in the air… November has arrived! And of course November means Election Day! After you cast your ballot, come to our November 4 general meeting at a special Election Day location: Cafe Crema (formerly Zoey’s frozen yogurt), at 1205 S. 9th Street, across from Capitolo Playground. Join us for coffee, cannolis, and news from around the Square, along with a guest speaker from the Mural Arts Program!

And save the date for a few important events in December: first, our December 2 general meeting and holiday party at Garage – you won’t want to miss it! And December 6 from noon to 4 pm is our annual fundraiser at Urban Jungle, featuring Santa, singers, and beautiful trees and greenery for your holiday home. (P.S. – volunteer singers needed! Email contact@passyunk.org for more information.) Watch for details about these events in the coming weeks!

PSCA encourages you to get out and VOTE!
Tuesday, November 4 is Election Day and polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m. Make sure you know where your polling place is, and if you’d like to learn more about the ballot and ballot questions, check out the Committee of Seventy’s 2014 Election page or the Philadelphia City Commissioner’s website.

Mayoral Issue Agendas Seek PSCA Input
The 2014 election may soon be over, but the 2015 election is just gearing up and it will be an important one as Philadelphia will elect a new Mayor. Many organizations are putting together policy agendas that make recommendations to the next Mayor on a variety of topics. The Passyunk Square Civic Association sees these efforts as an important way to make sure our most pressing neighborhood issues are addressed by our local elected officials.
The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce is running the Roadmap for Growth campaign, aimed at sparking a public conversation about the importance of creating jobs and growth in Philadelphia. PSCA recently participated in the Chamber’s South Philadelphia listening tour session at the Old Swedes Church in Queen Village, where participants were asked about their ideas to create jobs, support businesses and encourage growth. All residents are encouraged to attend other tour stops, Issue Forums or to contribute ideas and feedback online at roadmapforgrowth.com.
The Next Great City campaign is run by a coalition of 100 organizations representing community, environmental, health, faith, labor and other groups with the goal of creating clean, safer, and healthier neighborhoods. PSCA was a supporter of the 2007 and 2011 Next Great City agendas, which have helped focus efforts on replanting neighborhood trees, improving recycling, and creating a land bank among other successes. The coalition is now putting together a new agenda, and PSCA will share those efforts with our membership in the coming months.

Discounted Theatre Tickets for a Good Cause!

Get engaged and support your local community theatre AND the Columbus Square Park Revitalization project!

Theatre Exile is offering Passyunk Square neighbors a discount on tickets for the November 7 performance of Red Speedo by Lucas Hnath. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Columbus Square Park Revitalization project. It’s a win-win-win for everyone. Tickets are being offered for $30 (regularly $35) for the 8:00 pm performance on November 7. Please reference code: PARK when ordering tickets. If you are unable to make this date, please reference this code for any date you can attend. Visit www.theatreexile.org to see a list of all the performance dates.

Red Speedo is a taut, darkly comic new play which explores the battle between building a family and the business of winning at any cost. Charles Isherwood of The New York Times writes, “[Lucas] Hnath is quickly emerging as one of the brightest new voices of his generation.” If you have not had the pleasure of seeing a Theatre Exile production, this is the time to do it!

The citywide Love Your Park fall service day is Saturday, November 15! Volunteers are needed at Gold Star Park from 10:00 am til noon. Keep up with Gold Star Park’s events on the park’s Facebook page or email goldstarphilly@gmail.com with questions. Contact Columbus Square or Capitolo Playground to volunteer for their events!

Community Days at Jackson School: Thank You!
Thanks to all who have donated time, supplies, and funding for the projects around Andrew Jackson School! Check out some pictures of volunteers in action. Principal Kaplan offers her thanks in this video. And if you’ve walked past the schoolyard recently, you know the kids are clearly enjoying the new playground!

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