psca_election_instagramOn May 5, 2015 from 6:30pm and 8pm, Passyunk Square Civic Association will hold its annual election for the Board of Directors. The election will take place in the meeting space at Annunciation BVM Church Hall at 1511 S. 10th Street. This is the only business on the agenda for the monthly membership meeting so you can come by anytime between 6:30 and 8, cast your vote, and stick around to enjoy refreshments with other members or head home. Voting will end promptly at 8pm. Anyone who has not come through the door by then will not be able to vote.

All members of the civic association are entitled (and encouraged) to vote for the Board. As a reminder, anyone who lives, owns property, or owns a business between Washington and Tasker, 6th to Broad is considered a member of the Passyunk Square Civic Association. Please help us spread the word by sharing this post on Facebook and Twitter and use the hashtag #pscavotes.

Voters must verify that they are eligible to vote as members of PSCA. Click here for more info about how to verify your eligibility and to meet each of our six nominees.

 

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.

The PSCA’s April General Meeting is Tuesday, April 7 at 6:30 pm at Annunciation BVM Church Hall (S. 10th & Dickinson). All are welcome and encouraged to attend! Speakers will include Dan Pohlig of the PSCA Election Committee, to present the slate of nominees for the May 5 Board of Directors Election, and Gina Ciralli from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, to explain the Inside/Out project that places reproductions of artwork around the neighborhood (rescheduled from the March meeting). And you can also get the “dirt” on the annual Plant Sale fundraiser coming up next month on May 2 at Urban Jungle!

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Kick things off with the Trash & Recycling Committee at a Happy Hour this Thursday, April 9, at 6pm at Garage. Then on Saturday, April 11 join your neighbors to clean up your block during the citywide Philly Spring Cleanup from 9am-2pm – come out to Passyunk Gardens (at Passyunk & Wharton) to borrow cleaning supplies for your block! And don’t forget to bring your old paperwork to the Shredding Event at Capitolo Park, also on April 11 from 10am to noon, for safe, secure, and eco-friendly disposal!

For cleanup inspiration, look no further than Jamal, an ABM employee who does street cleaning for our neighborhood twice a week… thank you Jamal!
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Columbus Square Wellness Fair

Fundraising for the proposed renovations to Columbus Square Park is in full swing!  The fundraising committee has made great progress and is close to meeting its fundraising goals.  A variety of fun, family-friendly, community building events are planned for this spring, including a Health Fair on Saturday, April 18, a Columbus Square Park reunion on Saturday, May 9 and a dog-centered fundraiser on Sunday, May 17.  Details are available on the Columbus Square Park website or by calling (215) 685-1890.  Get engaged!

On April 18 Columbus Square is hosting a Wellness Fair from 10am to 3pm! See the flyer at left for details. And check out MyColumbusSquarePark.org for more upcoming events at Columbus Square Park – like the Green Club meeting on April 29 for community-minded gardeners!

And for dogs and their best friends – the South Philadelphia Association of Dog Owners is proud to announce that on Sunday May 17, from 9 am to 4 pm, the whole of Philadelphia’s dog owning population will gather together for a day of information, education, services and camaraderie. There will be plenty of room to run inside Columbus Square’s city-block-sized-fenced-in-field. Along with a day of fun with our furry friends, vendors will offer the entire gamut of K-9 amenities including pet adoption, veterinary services, retail needs, toys, treats, professional walkers and trainers. Admission will cost $5 in advance and $10 at the gate; all proceeds will go directly towards the revitalization of Columbus Square and its dog run. Please contact Southphillydogs@gmail.com with any questions.

Calling all Tree Tenders! Tree Planting April 25
Capitolo Playground
8:45am – 1pm

Our spring tree planting is scheduled for Saturday April 25 and we need your help!  We’re looking for volunteers in general but we’re also looking for 3-4 tree tenders to be group leaders at the event. We could also use help picking up the trees on Friday April 24 and setting up for the event on Saturday morning. If you’re available to help with any of these special tasks email beautification@passyunk.org!

Even if you’re not a tree tender, the tree planting is a fun day out in the neighborhood and no prior experience is required. Breakfast snacks provided and post-planting happy hour details to come!  Join us if you can!

Passyunk Gardens open days begin Sunday April 26
4-6pm

We had a great first work day this past weekend and by the end of the month should have a quite a few things starting to come up!  Join us on April 26 for our first open day! We’ll be open every Sunday after that for the rest of the season.

This year we’ll be working with the Philadelphia Master Gardeners to help answer all of your gardening questions during open hours! Feel free to bring plants and specialized requests. If we can’t answer them immediately, we’ll take them back to the Master Gardeners’ network to get them answered! And speaking of the Master Gardeners, their annual plant sale is earlier in the day on the 26th, so consider stopping by there as well: April 26th 11-2:30 at the PA Hort Center in Fairmount Park.

We’re always looking for new volunteers to help out in the garden, so like our Facebook page and email us at beautification@passyunk.org to get on our Google group.

Soak it Up! Adoption Program
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.

Now that Spring has come we’d love to show more volunteers how to monitor these sites! If you’re interested in joining this team of volunteers please email beautification@passyunk.org for more information. You can also read more about PWD’s innovative Green Cities, Clean Waters initiative at their website.

And save these dates in May for other beautification projects:

May 5: Tree applications due for fall planting. Details and application form here.
May 16: Yard Tree giveaway. Details here including free tree delivery courtesy of ZipCar!

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?  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! Upcoming Language Exchanges are planned at the following restaurants:

  • Tamalex (1163 S 7th) on April 23
  • El Zarape (1304 S 9th) on May 21
  • Mole Poblano (1144 S 9th) on June 18
  • Taquitos de Puebla (1149 S 9th) on July 23

All begin at 7pm!

ESL Classes
A new session of ESL classes is being planned to begin this month at the Columbus Square Recreation Center (12th and Wharton Streets). Call Columbus Square for more details at (215) 685-1890.

April is another busy month for the Zoning Committee! The following cases are scheduled for the April 14 meeting:
  • Triangle Tavern – Presenting their outdoor seating plan for neighborhood comment
  • 827 Wharton Street – Formal RCO meeting for proposed mixed use development
  • 1225 Annin Street – second presentation with revised plans for multi-family living
  • 1425 S 8th St – Application for erection of wall above existing 1 story garage
  • 1035 Cross Street – Application for the erection of rear yard deck with spiral stairs to upper deck
  • 1247 S. 7th St – Legalization of a two family dwelling
  • 1182 S. 11th St – Application for three family dwelling in existing structure
The Zoning Committee will meet on Tuesday, April 14, at 7 pm at Annunciation BVM Church Hall (10th & Dickinson). Email zoning@passyunk.org with any questions regarding the Zoning Committee or visit passyunksquare.org/zoning.

SouthDistrictPlan_AprilMeetingThe third and final public meeting for the South District plan will be on Thursday, April 16 between 6-7:30pm. The meeting will be at the Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School, East Building, at 2407 S Broad Street. Expect refreshments and some raffle giveaways from Tree Philly.

See the flyer for more detail!

Philadelphia Crosstown Coalition is an advocacy group for government issues impacting the lives of Philadelphia citizens.  The membership is comprised of delegates from civic associations across the city. To date there are 19 associations signed on.  Among the issues being followed are education, zoning and land use, and tax and government reform. Passyunk Square Civic Association is a member of this organization, with our own Ilene Wilder serving as its delegate and also on the Executive Committee in charge of Communications for the group. Check out philacrosstown.org for more information and to sign up for their newsletter.

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