PSCA encourages you and your neighbors to get together this summer for a good old-fashioned block party! As PSCA’s mission is all about “neighbors helping neighbors,” block parties are a great way to meet and build relationships with your neighbors over food, music and fun!

The first three complete block party applications submitted to PSCA will win $200 in cash and $100 in ACME gift cards towards their block party expenses. During the party, a few PSCA representatives will stop by to meet you and your neighbors and to share information about PSCA and how to get involved.

Summer is flying by fast – so don’t wait. Apply now! The deadline for application is July 31. Start your application here!

Garage bar, 1231-1233 E Passyunk Ave.

Start your Independence Day weekend off with a neighborhood Happy Hour at Garage! We’ll meet at 5:30 pm and enjoy Happy Hour specials including $2 PBR and Narragansett 16oz. cans, $1 off all drafts, and $4 pickleback or fireball shots. And of course, Skee-Ball! See you there!

Potluck Time!
Harry O’s Passyunk Gardens (Passyunk and Wharton)
Come celebrate 4th of July weekend with us and feast among the tomatoes and squash. We’ll bring out the grill, make a batch of herbal iced tea (stevia really works!) and have some garlic and onions to harvest.  Bring a dish to share, bring a friend or just bring yourself!

Passyunk Gardens is open all summer, Thursdays 10-12, Sundays 4-6. So if you can’t make our potluck, stop by anytime. For more information visit our web pagefind us on Facebook, or follow on Twitter and Instagram. Or email beautification@passyunk.org!

Summer Pruning!
We’re pulling together plans for a series of summer tree pruning training sessions and events.  If you’re interested in working to get our neighborhood trees looking their best, email us at beautification@passyunk.org and we’ll keep you in the loop as we confirm dates and details.  First event is tentatively Sunday, July 13.  So pencil us in!

10th and Washington Mural Arts Community Meeting
We’re finalizing plans for a community meeting in the next few weeks to discuss a new Mural Arts Project work at 10th and Washington.  If you’re interested in attending or following the plans for this new mural email us at beautification@passyunk.org.

UPDATE – LOCATION CHANGE: The Language Exchange on Thursday, 7/31 will take place at Los Taquitos de Puebla (1149 S 9th Street)!

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, then join us on Thursday, July 10 at 7 pm at Plaza Garibaldi Mexican Restaurant (925 Washington Ave.) and Thursday, July 31 at El Zarape (1304 S. 9th Street) Los Taquitos de Puebla (1149 S 9th Street) to participate in the South Philly Language Exchange Program Open Language Table event.  This event is open to everyone and is informal and fun.  If you come, you can order discounted food or not, and you will be made to feel welcome!

The annual Passyunk Square Home Tour will be held Saturday, October 11, 2014, from 12pm-4pm! The Home Tour is a self-guided ticketed event showcasing homes throughout the neighborhood and is one of PSCA’s most important fundraisers. The tour features homes in all stages of renovation, and provides a chance to compare contractors, get ideas, and meet neighbors.

We invite you to show off YOUR home in order to make this the best Home Tour yet! We welcome homes of all shapes and sizes. If you’d like to participate, please send a brief description of your home and a photo or two to hometour@passyunk.org and we will send you the Home Tour application. Home Tour homes will receive 4 event tickets, which include admission to the after party.

We are also looking for advertisers for the 2014 Home Tour Guide. Please email hometour@passyunk.org for pricing. Reserve your ad today!

The Home Tour will be featured in the citywide 2014 DesignPhiladelphia Festival. Advance tickets are $20 and day-of tickets $25. Visit passyunksquare.org/hometour for more information!

June 3, 2014 General Meeting MinutesSubmitted by Chris DiCapua.

Meeting began at 6:37 pm, adjourned at 7:38 pm.

Present: Anton, Wilder, Klein, DiCapua, Emma, Knapp, Silva, Antonellis. Absent: Zenzola, D’Ippolito, DiGiulio, Wyatt.

Welcome and Introductions: Christine Knapp welcomed guests and introduced returning and new Board members. She also recognized and thanked outgoing Board members.

Board Updates:

Beautification: Sarah Anton explained what the Beautification committee does and gave Passyunk Garden’s summer hours and schedule. Committee will facilitate giving away free trees to interested residents. Next scheduled tree planting will be in November. Sarah spoke of the PWD’s Soak It Up Program, which she explained provides the city with storm water infrastructure. Passyunk Square has 5 sites and the Beautification committee is looking for volunteers to help monitor them.

Parks and Translation Projects: Chris DiCapua introduced new Board member Ricardo Silva, who will be working with him on immigrant outreach and park projects. Chris reported that the third session of ESL classes began at Columbus Square the week of May 26. Level 1 (for beginners with a little bit of English) meets on Tuesdays for five weeks, beginning May 27. Level 0 (beginners with no English) meets on Thursdays for five weeks, beginning May 29. The cost for five weeks, including materials, is just $20. Free supervised childcare is offered. Chris also informed guests of the South Philly Language Exchange Program. Mark Phillips of Americorps VISTA and the PSCA have partnered to offer regular language exchange sessions at rotating local Mexican restaurants in the neighborhood. The first session was held on Thursday, May 22 at Taquitos de Puebla Mexican Restaurant.   The goal of this program is to bring together two populations that might not otherwise have contact, for networking, friendship and community building. This is a low-pressure, loosely organized program in which participants can choose to order discounted food or not.  On May 29, 13 participants attended: 7 native Spanish speakers, 4 native English speakers and 2 natives of both. The next Language Table will take place on Thursday, June 12 at 7:00 pm at Don Chucho Mexican Restaurant (1108 S. 9th St.)

Nicole Hostettler announced summer programming at Gold Star Park, including “Kids Play,” the third Saturday of every month, May 17 – Sept. 20. “Kids Play” is a monthly playgroup offered in conjunction with the Friends of Kirkbride, South Philly Food Coop, and Friends of Gold Star Park.  Toys, group activity & healthy snacks will be provided.  9:30am – 11am. “Music in the Park” will be held the second Wednesday of every month (June – August).

Education: Christine Knapp announced that the Wharton Lofts rooftop fundraiser for Jackson was successful. $65,000 raised. She also informed the guests of the recent death of a Jackson student due to a heart abnormality.

Home Tour: Caroline New and Jennifer Barr reported that this year’s Home Tour will take place on Saturday, October 11, and will coincide with the 10th  anniversary of Design Philadelphia. The Home Tour committee is actively seeking homes and advertisers.

Zoning: Christine Knapp announced that there are no zoning cases this month.

Speakers:

Officer Ace Delgado, Community Relations Officer: Officer Delgado reported that there has been a rash of home burglaries recently in the district. He introduced the Property ID Program (a burglary deterrent program), and passed out applications. Officer Delgado offered safety tips to meeting guests, such as not leaving front or back doors unlocked, among others.

Ryan Callahan, Outreach Director of Philadelphia Runner: Ryan introduced his store, Philadelphia Runner, and reported that to celebrate its 10th anniversary, a 10k race is planned for September 6. He passed out a race route map to guests, and informed that the race will begin and end in the Passyunk Square neighborhood. He explained that 3000 runners are expected to participate and discussed some logistics issues, specifically parking. Parking will be restricted in areas of the neighborhood beginning the night before the race until after the race, which is scheduled from 7:30 am to approximately 9:15 am. From 9:00 am – 11:00 am there will be a street festival for runners and open to all in the neighborhood on Passyunk Avenue between Tasker and Dickinson.

Matt Stern & Ellen Chapman, Energy Coordination Agency (ECA) for PGW Energy Sense Program: Matt Stern and Ellen Chapman are employees of the Energy Coordination Agency (ECA), which is a participating contractor in the PGW Energy Sense Home Rebates Program. Information about the Home Rebates Program was distributed to meeting guests. Matt explained that Energy Sense helps homeowners solve many common home issues, such as energy efficiency, pest problems, mold, CO2, and other health and safety issues. For $150, ECA will perform a detailed home audit for PGW customers, which will result in a report with prioritized improvement suggestions. Low interest (1%) financing is available to take on projects. Ellen gave more specifics about the details of a whole-house audit. Ellen also informed guests of ECA’s free rain barrel program as well as various programs for low and fixed income residents. She instructed guests to call (215) 609-1044 for more information about these programs. Ellen ended the discussion with information about the benefits of LED light bulbs, and then she fielded questions from guests.

Christine Knapp announced that there will be no General Meetings during the months of July and August.

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 Passyunk Square and Andrew Jackson Elementary School communities grieve with the family that tragically lost their sweet 7-year-old son. Sebastian Gerena collapsed at school on May 21. Despite the heroic efforts of Jackson staff and volunteers and the doctors and staff at CHOP, we lost him to an undiagnosed heart condition.

Community members and community groups have quickly and generously come together to offer emotional and financial support to the family. We wrapped our arms around each other and the family, and Sebastian was laid to rest on May 28. The funeral celebrated Sebastian’s life and love. He was a huge fan of Spider-Man and his pallbearers paid tribute to him by dressing as other heroes from the Hall of Justice.

With deepest sympathy to his family, may Sebastian rest in peace and may his life inspire us to come even closer together.

Tuesday, June 3, 6:30 pm at Annunciation BVM Church Hall (10th & Dickinson)

The General Meeting will take place Tuesday, June 3 at at 6:30 pm in the Annunciation Church Hall at 10th and Dickinson (entrance on Dickinson St.). Please join us to hear updates from committee chairs plus guest speakers representing the upcoming Philly 10K race as well as PGW’s EnergySense Home Rebates Program.

The Philly 10K is a 6.2 mile road race put on by Philadelphia Runner, featuring a dozen of Philly’s best neighborhoods. The race starts and ends on East Passyunk Avenue and showcases South Philly to nearly 3,500 runners from around the region and across the country. The race begins at 7:30 am on Saturday, September 6 and ends with a street festival on East Passyunk with local vendors and refreshments for runners. The Philly 10K is committed to being a good neighbor and making sure that any disruptions to neighborhoods along the course are minimal. Bring your questions to the meeting on Tuesday, and come cheer on the runners in September!

The PGW EnergySense Home Rebates Program offers homeowners an opportunity to save money on utility bills and make their homes more energy efficient. The Home Rebates Program offers customers discounted home energy assessments, connections to low-interest financing, and rebates of up to $3,500 to help identify and address common home performance issues. Come learn more about this program and how it could benefit you.

As a reminder, there will be no General Meeting in July or August.

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