Monthly general meetings will resume this Tuesday, September 2, at 6:30 pm, in our usual location in the Annunciation BVM Church hall (10th and Dickinson St., entrance on Dickinson) with a very important item on the agenda: a vote on the updated Passyunk Square Civic Association Bylaws!

Click here to view information about the Bylaws if you haven’t already, and then on Tuesday please come out to vote, enjoy pizza from Francoluigi’s, and help us kick off the Fall!

At the meeting each of the PSCA committees will present updates on neighborhood happenings, and the Trash & Recycling committee will also have a limited supply of blue recycling bins to give out on a first-come, first-served basis. See you there!

View from the Top: Columbus Square Park Fundraiser
Join your neighbors on FridaySeptember 12 from 6 pm to 8 pm on the roof of Wharton Lofts (12th and Wharton Streets) to help kick off Columbus Square Park’s fundraising campaign and learn of the proposed renovations to the park. Enjoy drinks and bites donated by local restaurants and find out how you can get engaged! Suggested donation is $25. There are three ways to purchase tickets:
1.) by check made payable to “Passyunk Square Civic Association” with “Columbus Square Fundraiser” written in the notes line; please leave check with Jessica Porco, Recreation Leader at Columbus Square
2.) via PayPal on the Columbus Square Facebook page
3.) at the door!

Gold Star Park Kids @ Play
Kids at Play is a monthly playgroup offered in conjunction with the Friends of Kirkbride, South Philly Food Co-op, and Friends of Gold Star Park. The final Kids Play of the summer will be held on Saturday, September 20 from 9:30 am to 11 am. Toys, a group activity, and healthy snacks are provided. For more information about Gold Star Park events, visit the park’s Facebook page.

Capitolo Playground Advisory Council
The next Capitolo Advisory Council Meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 10 at 7 pm - all are welcome!  Meetings are usually held on the first Wednesday of every month. For upcoming events at Capitolo, visit the Capitolo Playground Facebook page.

SchoolSuppliesFlyer2School Supply Drive

Please join us in collecting school supplies for our neighborhood schools, Jackson and Kirkbride, through September 6! Drop off any supply donations at Acme (1400 E. Passyunk Avenue) or the firehouse (1357 S. 12th Street), or bring your donations to the General Meeting this Tuesday! Copy paper is especially needed, along with other suggested items: book bags, #2 pencils, pencil sharpeners, erasers, pens, crayons, glue sticks, boxes of tissues, broad-tip markers, scissors, pencil cases, spiral-bound or marble notebooks, pocket folders, hand sanitizers/disinfecting wipes, rulers, calculators, construction paper, colored paper, paper towels, and Band-Aids. Click here for more information and a printable list.


Community Day at Jackson School

Andrew Jackson School (1213 S. 12th St.) needs about 100 volunteers for its Community Day on Saturday, September 13! At 11 am, volunteers will begin various painting and beautification projects around the school – please email if you are able to volunteer (no tools or experience needed). After the volunteer work is completed, at 3 pm we will cut the ribbon for Jackson’s brand new playground! Refreshments and a DJ will be on hand for the celebration, and all are welcome!

HomeTourPicTickets are now on sale for the annual Home Tour on Saturday October 11, 2014, with Brigantessa, the soon-to-open restaurant from the team behind Le Virtu, now confirmed as the after-party location. Advance tickets are $20, and you can purchase online through PayPal here or in person at the General Meeting this Tuesday!

Advertisers and additional homes are also still being accepted – for information, visit or email!

The Home Tour, one of PSCA’s most important annual fundraisers, is a self-guided ticketed event showcasing homes throughout the neighborhood. The tour features homes in all stages of renovation, and provides a chance to compare contractors, get ideas, and meet neighbors. The Home Tour will also be featured in the citywide 2014 DesignPhiladelphia Festival.

ESL Classes

The fourth session of ESL classes (Level 0 and Level 1) will begin the week of September 8 at the Columbus Square Recreation Center (12th and Wharton).  A registration session will be held at the Center on Wednesday, September 3 from 6:30 to 8 pm. Call Columbus Square at (215) 685-1890 for more details.

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? Details for September’s Language Exchange will be posted soon on the PSCA Facebook page, so stay tuned! 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!

Pruning Club

Join us for the next meet up with the PSCA pruning club! On Sunday, September 21 at 10 am, meet at Passyunk Gardens. We’ll work with certified arborist Joe Schiavo on one of the blocks in our neighborhood. Our last two sessions were very successful and we learned a lot of great tips. Check out some photos on Facebook, and save the date for the final session on 10/5!

Passyunk Gardens at Wharton & Passyunk is going strong!  Open hours are Thursdays 10-12 and Sundays 4-6. We’ll also be at the South Philly Food Co-op’s garden tour on Saturday, September 6 - get tickets here!

For more information on tree events, work at Passyunk Gardens, or other projects to beautify the neighborhood, email us at, or visit our web page.

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. We’re looking for volunteers to help us monitor these sites. If you are interested in helping out, please email for more information. You can also read more about PWD’s innovative Green Cities, Clean Waters initiative at their website.

The Zoning committee will meet at 7 pm on Tuesday, September 9, at Annunciation Church Hall (10th and Dickinson). There are two cases this month:

  • 1246 Federal Street – permit for a proposed use of a three family dwelling
  • 1400 S. Darien Street – permit for the second floor addition at rear (29′ 8″ x 10′) for a legalization of a multi-family household living (7 dwelling units) from second through third floor in the same building as existing personal vehicle repair and maintenance (auto repair shop) on first floor.

The PSCA Zoning Committee meetings are opportunities for neighbors to hear the details of zoning applications within our civic association boundaries. The Zoning Committee does not make final decisions on the applications, but it does send letters to the Philadelphia Zoning Board Administration. Check Facebook or Twitter for any last minute changes. Please email with any zoning-related questions.

The PSCA is actively seeking the following:

  • A volunteer to maintain the PSCA’s database and run reports on an as-needed basis; familiarity with Salesforce would be useful
  • A volunteer for the Communications team, for a variety of tasks that might include interviewing other community members or taking photos at events
  • A volunteer to lead the annual Christmas tree sale fundraiser for this year

If you’re interested in getting involved in any of these efforts, or any other volunteer opportunities, please send an email to

  • The Fundraising & Sponsorship committee also invites any interested volunteers to serve. Become an ambassador of PSCA to your neighbors, friends, and local businesses, and learn how to run a successful, effective sponsorship program. This is a great way to meet people and find out what’s going on in the community. If interested, contact Ilene Wilder at or (215) 514-0449.

If you want to get involved with the Passyunk Square Civic Association but you aren’t sure exactly what you would like to do, visit to view a list of general categories and submit an interest form. Volunteers are always needed and always appreciated!

The school sSchoolSuppliesFlyer2upply drive for our great neighborhood schools begins today! Let’s help to prepare our wonderful students at Eliza B. Kirkbride School and Andrew Jackson School for success this year!

For the next two weeks, August 23 through September 6, drop off any supply donations at Acme (Reed and Passyunk) or at the firehouse (12th and Reed).

See the list of suggested items at left, or click here for a printable list (pdf).

(Copy paper is especially appreciated!)

Thank you!

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