This month’s zoning meeting will occur on Tuesday, November 15, moved from the 8th due to complications related to election day. PSCA monthly zoning meetings typically occur on the second Tuesday of the month. The zoning meeting will run from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Saint Maron’s Maronite Church (1013 Ellsworth St).

This month’s zoning meeting has 3 cases:
  • 1212 S Mildred St- Proposal to use a household living two family dwelling in an existing attached two story dwelling.  Current zoning is RSA-5.
  • 1509-11 S Franklin St- Proposal for lot adjustment to create two new lots resulting in four use refusals and 6 zoning refusals.  Current zoning is RSA-5.
  • 1226 S Sheridan St- Proposal to erect a third floor addition with a roof deck and pilot house above an existing attached building.

Additional case added after the November newsletter:

  • 1312-16 E Passyunk Ave, 916 Wharton Street – Proposal to create one lot from four OPA accounts, and for the erection of an attached structure (60ft high); Roof Deck at the third, fourth and fifth floors accessed by a roof access structure for a multi-family household living (12 Dwelling units) from cellar through fifth floors with common residential lobby/amenities with three accessory parking spaces including with one accessible space at first floor and with four bicycle spaces in an accessible route.

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 Civic Association strongly condemns and deplores the recent incidents of racist and anti-Semitic graffiti in and around our South Philadelphia neighborhood.  We live in the birthplace of American democracy; the City of Brotherly Love.  The message conveyed by these incidents is completely inconsistent with our American democratic principles and values.  We will not tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or place of birth, in our neighborhood or in our city.  If any resident or business person sees similar graffiti, please immediately contact the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations at 215-686-4670 and the Police Department.

If you’re a business owner looking to participate in our community, consider becoming a PSCA Sponsor. For more information, email Henry Sullivan, henry@alterraproperty.com. Visit our Sponsor page and be sure to say, “Thank you” to all of our sponsors who help support PSCA’s community programs.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2016 Passyunk Home Tour! The beautiful weather and interesting homes welcomed tour-goers through our neighborhood. We had regulars who hadn’t missed a tour in more than decade to first time participants who were impressed with not only the renovations and decor but the warmth of our neighbors.

The biggest thanks goes to our home owners who opened their unique and spectacular homes as the foundation of the event, to our volunteers who helped everything run smoothly, and to our sponsors who ensured that our event was a financial success that will support PSCA’s programs.

If you’re interested in being involved in next year’s Home Tour, email Andrew Stober at hometour@passyunk.org

Finally, a big thank you to Erika Reinhard, who has been producing this newsletter for many months and whose last newsletter was the October edition. We so appreciate your time and hard work keeping everyone up to date!

1236-ellsworth 1234-warnock-bCongratulations to our November Stoop of the Month winners! This month we had a tie, and we are happy to present two winners. Both of these stoop gardeners have filled their space with a colorful variety of potted plants in a fun mix of sizes and shapes. The bright yellow sconce at 1236 Ellsworth is a nice complement to its blue door, the street tree at 1234 Warnock gives the stoop a cozy dappled light, and both houses have sweet, decorative address tiles. Kudos to the home owners, they’ll each be getting a $10 gift certificate to Urban Jungle.

Do you know a stoop that should be recognized as Stoop of the Month? Send us your nominations by Friday,November 25th!

To apply,

fill out this google form http://goo.gl/forms/7XutF5lqxh
OR

email us at stoopofthemonth@passyunk.org

 

We only need your name, the address, and a 1-2 sentence description of what makes this stoop special. Please include a photo of the house and, if it isn’t your house, the name & phone/email of the resident if possible.

 

It’s time for our Fall Planting! This is a fun way to help the neighborhood and meet others interested in beautifying our community.  We’ll be meeting at 8:45 am at Capitolo Playground Rec Center (900 Federal Street.) We’ll go through a brief training, then head out to plant the trees. We should be finished up around noon and will then meet up for a celebratory drink at The Garage.

If you’re interested in joining us, email Sarah Anton at beautification@passyunk.org, or just show up the day of the planting. No experience needed, bring tools if you have them or we can provide as well.

If you can’t attend the tree planting, there are lots of other ways you can help add trees to the neighborhood:

PSCA Tree Tenders Meetup

Meetup Wednesday, November 16th, 6:30-8:30 at Triangle Tavern (1338 S 10th St) with other tree enthusiasts! If you’ve been through the PHS Tree Tender program or are interested in learning more, join us for an informal meet-up about how this program works in our neighborhood. We’ll talk about plans to recruit more tree applications and to care for existing trees. Email us at beautifcation@passyunk.org if you plan to attend.
Apply for a Tree – Or Encourage Your Neighbors To! 

Tree applications for our Spring 2017 neighborhood planting are due November 25. You can download an application here or you can now fill out your form online through PHS Urban Forest Cloud website! If you have questions about filling out the online form or want to send us one you’ve downloaded and completed, email Sarah Anton at beautification@passyunk.org.

If you need coaching on reaching out to your neighbors or want help canvassing your block, email us and let us know. We’re happy to help! We’ll also be collecting forms and answering questions at the fountain farmers market (East Passyunk and Tasker) on Wednesdays until Thanksgiving from 4-6. Stop by and say hello!
Consider a Yard Tree

We still have a few yard trees to give away from our October event. You can arrange to pick one up at Passyunk Gardens any Sunday in November from 4-6. Register here – southphillygreen.ticketleap.com/yardtrees – and check back as more trees become available.

It’s time to Love Your Park on Saturday November 12th  – and there are four parks to choose from within our boundaries. All will need help sweeping, raking leaves and working on a variety of other projects in the park. Check below for specifics and register at loveyourpark.org/volunteer/.

Capitolo Playground
900 Federal Street
10:00 am -1:00 pm – details

Gold Star Park
613 Wharton Street
10:00 am -1:00 pm – details

Columbus Square Playground
1200 Wharton Street
9:00 am – 2:00 pm – details

Paolone Park
Sears St. & Medina St.
10:00 am – 2:00 pm – details

The meeting was called to order at 6:35 PM by President Jared Klein.  Board members in attendance were: Jared Klein, Ilene Wilder, Nick Ventrola, Sarah Anton, Christine Knapp, Henry Sullivan, Andrew Stober, Tom Wyatt and Jeff Brown.  Absent were: Andrew Emma and Ricardo Silva

Introductions.  Jared asked people in the audience to introduce themselves to someone they did not know.  They did so.

Committee Reports: 

Home Tour.  Andrew Stober reported that PSCA had a great Home Tour last Saturday, October 29.  Among the homes visited were those of Ilene, Ricardo, Frank, Dana and his.  Ninety people participated and PSCA netted almost $4,000.  The home owners loved it and participants made contacts.  Andrew mentioned that he still has two raffles available and people have an excellent chance to win.  He will sell raffle tickets at the end of the meeting and also give people Gen 3 bags and Home Tour guides.

Zoning.  Tom indicated that, due to the election, the Zoning Committee will meet on Tuesday, November 15 at 7:00 PM at St. Maron’s Church.  The cases to be reviewed include: 1226 S. Sheridan Street, 1212 Mildred Street, 1509-11 S. Franklin Street and 610-12 Wharton Street.

Education.  Nick mentioned that he can be contacted regarding education issues at education@passyunk.org.

Beautification.  Sarah reported that they are closing Passyunk Garden for the season and will have a big workday this Saturday, November 5 between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM.  There will be tree planting on November 19 and also canvassing to see who wants trees for the spring.  Requests for spring trees have to be in by November 25.  Sarah will be at the Fountain every Wednesday until Thanksgiving to inform people about the availability of trees.  She also mentioned that they will be rebooting tree tenders on November 9 at the Triangle Tavern.

Communication.  Sarah reported that PSCA communication will be transitioning from Erika Reinhard who recently got married and moved out of the neighborhood.  She called for and received volunteers who are interested in working on PSCAs social media.  They include, Alysea MacDonald, Josh Kruger, Katie Castiglione and Holly Keefe.

Speaker.  Zack Duberstein, Principal of the Vare/Washington School was introduced.  He mentioned that Vare/Washington was just named a Teach for America school to learn from.  It is ranked ninth out of 55 elementary schools in Philadelphia.  The school received a $100,000 learning grant and is in the running for other grants.  Vare/Washington is doing really cool things.  It is working with the United Way.  It has improved its landscaping recently.  It’s always looking for volunteers to do things such as read with kids. There are plans to restructure the school yard and basketball courts.  The school has two roof decks that have never been used since its founding in 1935.  Zack reported that it also is about to undertake a Mandarin emergence program, which would be the first in Pennsylvania.  He is looking for letters of support from the community.  Ilene asked if students can volunteer in Columbus Playground on Saturdays and Zack said yes.  He can be reached at zduberstein@philasd.org.

Officer Ace Delgado reported that there will be a toy drive on between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM, on Saturday, November 12 and 19 in the Walmart parking lot.  They are looking for donations for kids of all ages, including gift cards.

Theresa Rose spoke about the 9th Street Stock Exchange.  She came up with the idea, is the project curator and is working with the Mural Arts program and eight businesses along 9th Street.  The businesses are selling other businesses products on a weekly basis.  The eight businesses represent a variety of ethnic backgrounds and she asked that they come up with a product best representing their store.  For example, Fante’s had a pasta machine.  On Wednesday of each week the stores rotate selling other store’s products and the money from the product sold is returned to the original store without any commissions.  There are cash only transactions.  The eight stores are identified by big white signs, everything is in English and Spanish and the Stock Exchange will operate until December 7.

Jared ended the meeting by reminding people that they can buy raffles and the December 6 membership meeting will be a holiday party with a location to be determined.

The meeting adjourned at 7:08 PM.

 

Submitted by Jeff Brown.

 

Addendum:  Ricardo Silva reported after the meeting that the next Spanish/English language exchange would be at Iztaccihuatl – Philadelphia 1122 S 8th St, Thursday November 17th  7-9pm. We welcome all people from beginners to really fluent in either language they want to practice.

Jackson School is hosting a Family friendly happy hour on Wednesday, October 19, at the PHS Pop-up Garden at 15th and South St. from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. $10 for adult admission and you’ll enjoy happy hour prices on food and drink all night.  Will also have a 50-50 drawing and door prizes.

 Congratulations to Jackson School fifth grade science teacher, Ms. Jayda Pugliese. She is a top 10 finalist for the best in education award. This is a national honor awarded two outstanding educators and comes with a $10,000 prize for the school and a $10,000 prize for the teacher. If this sounds familiar to you, no doubt it’s because this is the very same a word that our own principal Lisa Kaplan one in 2015. We are so proud of Ms. Pugliese.

Jackson teachers are holding a WALK-IN on Thursday, October 6 from 8:00 am- 8:20 am. In a Walk-In, parents, educators and students gather outside their school 30-45 minutes before the school day begins. Several speakers address local issues and express a vision for change. When it is time for the school day to begin, the educators, students and parents walk into the school together. In districts like Philadelphia, where we are struggling with inadequate resources, a Walk-In is an opportunity to engage parents, students and community leaders to speak with one voice to tell lawmakers to fund schools fully, fairly and adequately. 

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